Mayor says Kawartha Lakes’ roads are about to get cash injection of $22 million

By Roderick Benns

Got road rage at the roads because of potholes?

City of Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham says the 2,700 km of roads in Kawartha Lakes are about to get a $22 million cash increase in capital spending to fix them up – and that’s 30 per cent higher than the year previous.

The mayor says given the sheer size of Kawartha Lakes as a municipality, it’s no easy task to keep roads maintained. After all, Kawartha Lakes is the sixth largest city in Canada in terms of area, so has more roads than most municipalities. As well, there is a relatively small tax base to support these efforts.

Another $766,000 will be spent in road-related capital improvements to support growth and development within City of Kawartha Lakes.

This includes having part of the new money go to a new 10-year gravel resurfacing plan.

To be spent over the next three years, Council has added a $4.6 million gravel road rehabilitation program involving base repair, surface work, culvert replacement, berm removal, ditching and brushing.

All of these investments, the mayor says, have been incorporated into the new 10-year financial plan.

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