TORONTO — Ontario needs a dedicated fund for roads and bridges, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Monday as she hinted at new tolls or taxes to pay for badly needed repairs and upgrading.
While people in the Toronto-Hamilton area may face road tolls or some other kind of levy to help fund public transit and ease road congestion, municipalities in other parts of the province can’t afford to repair roads and bridges, said Wynne.
“The discussion around new revenue tools has been specific to transit at this point, but we need to find a way to create dedicated revenue streams for roads and bridges, i.e. a fund that would allow us to continue to work with municipalities to make sure those infrastructure needs are met,” she said.
The reality is a lot of that infrastructure in municipalities is aging, so those roads and bridges have to be dealt with
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