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Multi-million dollar Northwest Trunk project nearing completion

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May 6, 2015 - After more than a decade of planning and work, the City’s Northwest Trunk project is on target for a June completion.

“This is one of the biggest projects the municipality has undertaken that will have an enormous positive impact for the entire City,” said Ward 9 Councillor and Chair of the Northwest Trunk Steering Committee Isaac Breadner. “The residential, commercial and retail development that the Northwest Trunk project will allow is tremendous. The benefit will be felt by all residents across the City through a substantially increased tax base and employment opportunities.”

What started as a $5.5 million project to run a gravity fed sewer line to the Lindsay Street pumping station became a near $20 million investment by the City and development community to create long-term sewer and water capacity for growth in Lindsay’s west end to 2031 and beyond.

“The benefit to residents, businesses and the development community will be extensive,” explained Director of Development Services Ron Taylor. “The completion of the Northwest Trunk represents a tremendous opportunity for residential and commercial growth as well as improving infrastructure for residents already on the Lindsay system.”

In early 2014, the City estimated the financial cost of the entire project at around $20 million. Mr. Taylor said as the project is finalized and actual costs calculated the current project budget is forecasted at about $19.8 million.

“The cost has obviously increased since the original concept, but what that represents is an increase in scope,” he said. “The original plan to construct a gravity fed system could never have supported the infrastructure growth that today’s Northwest Trunk project will be able to.”

Of the $19.8 million, about 73% or roughly $14.2 million will be paid for by the developers who will create growth in Lindsay’s west end. Of the remaining $5.58 million, about $2.5 million will be supported by the City’s water and wastewater user rate budget with $3.3 million coming as a grant from the federal and provincial governments.

Councillor Breadner said the near-completion of the Northwest Trunk is a testament to City staff, local developers and former Council members who have worked tirelessly to see this project through to completion.

“I can’t say enough about our development community and their efforts in working with the City to see this project completed,” he said. “As Chair I would personally like to thank former Councillor Andy Luff, as well as our developers for their work on the committee and I am looking forward to seeing the great opportunities this project will allow us here in Kawartha Lakes.”

Once complete in June, the Northwest Trunk project will accommodate roughly 6,000 new homes as well as commercial and retail development.

“This project represents a new period of growth and development in Lindsay and throughout Kawartha Lakes,” said Mayor Andy Letham. “The completion of this project has been a long time coming, but we are all excited and optimistic for the potential for new investment in our community.”

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For more information please contact:

Ron Taylor
Director of Development Services
705-324-9411 Ext. 1239
rtaylor@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca

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