Ontario to Help Fund Oversized Load Corridor for Sarnia Area
(July 22, 2020)
- Ontario will kick in $1.5 million to an oversized load corridor project in Sarnia and St. Clair Township aimed at easing the movement of large industrial components shipped in and out of Chemical Valley. That provincial funding, through the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, will be added to $6 million from the federal government, $4 million from Cestar College, and local funding pledged to the project, currently estimated to cost approximately $17 million. The corridor is designed to make it easier, and less expensive, for metal fabricators in Sarnia and Lambton County to ship large industrial vessels and components to customers outside of the region. A study carried out as part of the effort to launch the project found a permanent corridor would reduce transportation costs and lead to additional sales of $9.5 million for Sarnia-Lambton industrial fabricators, while also creating and retaining a significant number of new jobs.