Grimsby Awarded Provincial/Federal Funding for Gibson Bridge Replacement & Library HVAC Improvements

Gibson St

On Thursday July 8th, 2021, the Honourable Minister of Infrastructure Kinga Surma announced that through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) – COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream, the Town of Grimsby has been awarded $435,965 in federal and provincial funding

These investments will support two critical infrastructure projects that will bring great benefit to the community:

Installation of a new HVAC system at the Town’s Library and Art Gallery

The new HVAC system will bring the latest technology for air quality, in a facility that sees high volumes of community use. The new system will also improve efficiency and provide an improved control system.

 “As the Grimsby Public Library and Art Gallery look forward to welcoming the community back into our wonderful joint-use facility, we know that a renewed HVAC system will benefit our staff, visitors, collections and art work,” said Kathryn Drury, CEO & Chief Librarian of Grimsby’s Public Library.

“We have all become much more aware of the crucial role ventilation plays in managing the spread of COVID-19 and other air-borne afflictions; a well-functioning HVAC system is crucial for maintaining the health as well as the comfort of everyone in the building. We are grateful that the ICIP grant will help make this much needed replacement possible,” said Rhona Wenger, Grimsby Public Art Gallery Manager/Curator.

Replacement of the Gibson Street pedestrian bridge

This bridge connects Gibson St. over the 40 Mile Creek for pedestrian uses.  The bridge will be fully accessible, will have lighting and will ensure safe crossings in a very well travelled area.

 “The Gibson Street Bridge, which was originally constructed in 1986, provides an important pedestrian crossing over the Forty Mile Creek, carrying a section of the Bruce Trail’s main trail through the Town of Grimsby. The existing bridge was closed in the summer of 2020 as a safety precaution due to corrosion of the underlying structural steel,” said Brandon Wartman, Director of Public Works. “The funding being provided through the ICIP will allow the Town to construct a brand new pedestrian bridge structure that will bring great benefit to the Grimsby community long into the future.”

The federal and provincial funding awarded will not only improve the Town’s resiliency in preventing the spread of COVID-19, but will also support active transportation networks that residents will be able to enjoy as the province begins to reopen. Both of these projects are intended to be completed late 2021 – early 2022.

Members of the community are encouraged to visit the Town of Grimsby website for updates related to the two projects.

Contacts:

Kathryn Drury, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Librarian Town of Grimsby

905-309-2065

kdrury@grimsby.ca

 

Brandon Wartman, Director of Public Works Town of Grimsby

905-309-2016

bwartman@grimsby.ca

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