Municipality paying for roadwork this year
Town of St. Anthony hasn’t received any funding yet from provincial government
ST. ANTHONY, NL — The Town of St. Anthony has been consulting with the Department of Transportation and Works on what side roads are to be paved and re-paved within the town this upcoming year.
On May 17, Mayor Ernest Simms went around the town with two members of the Department of Transportation and Works to evaluate what needs to be done and what the town will be able to afford to do.
He says they looked at eight to 10 of the worst side roads in the community, while certain streets will also require re-paving in sections.
The town hasn’t received any capital works funding to complete the roads. They will pay for the project themselves out of their own municipal budget.
“If we had (provincial) government on side and we had 50/50 (cost share between province and municipality) then we’d probably double what we can do,” explains Simms. “But we don’t have any commitment. The application has been in. Now we’re to the point where we got to make the decision and we don’t have any commitment from government on anything, so we’re doing this on our own.”
He says if any funding is approved, they’ll be able to do more. But until then, council is planning on moving ahead with the funding they have allotted in their budget.
According to Simms, with an increase in the price of asphalt, they’ll have to cut back on some of the roads they hoped to complete this year.
But he believes everything will be finished within the next couple years.
“We’ll do what we can and in the next couple years everything will be finished, no doubt about that,” he said.