Funding from the Ontario government will help make a smoother ride along County Road 17 in the Alfred area this summer.
The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) is receiving $718,000 from the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) that will be used for resurfacing the busy highway for three kilometres west of Alfred.
According to UCPR Interim Director of Public Works Jérémie Bouchard, the paving project will cost approximately $875,000 before staffing costs are added.
Alfred and Plantagenet Township Mayor Stéphane Sarrazin was pleased about the funding due the poor condition of the pavement in that area.
The paving work west of Alfred is to begin in late June or early July. It will be done in conjunction with repaving of the main street through Alfred, which is a joint project between the UCPR and the township.
Bouchard said that project will cost approximately $500,000 before staffing costs are added. The cost of the street paving will be shared between the counties and Alfred and Plantagenet.