The one-kilometre paved loop at the Delki Dozzi Regional Park will be rehabilitated thanks to funds from federal and provincial governments.
The work will involve installing a granular base and asphalt, and replacing existing light standards with 26 new LED lighting standards, said a news release from Sudbury MP Paul Lefebvre, who announced the funds on June 17.
The federal government is providing more than $447,000 for the project, with another $111,000 coming from the province.
“Thanks to this funding, we will be able to rehabilitate a well-used and loved bike path in Sudbury," said Lefebvre in a news release. "These upgrades will be a welcome investment, facilitating active lifestyles, increased connectivity, and expanded active transportation in our community."
Upgrades at Tom Davies Square are also going to take place, said the news release.
The federal government will contribute $580,000 to upgrade the service counter, re-configure offices and meeting rooms, improve the HVAC, sprinkler, surveillance and access control systems, and install permanent barriers between staff and the public at Tom Davies Square.
The province will contribute $145,000 to the project.
“The global pandemic has meant unprecedented changes for all of us,” said Mayor Brian Bigger in the release. “As a corporation, we have made changes to the way we do business to safely support staff, residents and businesses. I would like to thank our federal and provincial partners for responding to our needs and making these much-needed investments in our local infrastructure.”
Federal funding for these projects comes from the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
In all, The Government of Canada is investing more than $12 million in Northern Ontario municipalities through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is contributing more than $3 million.
The COVID-19 stream, implemented in response to the pandemic, allows Government of Canada to invest up to 80% in projects that support provinces and up to 100% in projects that support territories and Indigenous communities in their response to the pandemic.