WINDSOR, ON, Sept. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - The Governments of Canada and
Ontario today announced the start of construction for upgrades to the
Windsor-Detroit Tunnel Canadian Plaza. This project will create
approximately 150 jobs in the region and improve capacity for growth in
vehicle traffic and cross-border trade through the Windsor-Detroit
"These upgrades are part of our strategy to ensure that modern and
efficient infrastructure is in place at Windsor-Detroit - Canada's most
important trade corridor," said Diane Finley, Minister of Human
Resources and Skills Development, who made the announcement on behalf
of Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.
"Tunnel plaza improvements will create jobs and economic growth and
complement the construction of a new Windsor-Detroit Bridge, a top
infrastructure priority for the Harper government."
"These infrastructure projects are creating jobs now and building our
economy for the future," added Dwight Duncan, Ontario Minister of
Finance and Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Windsor-Tecumseh.
"Ontario's significant investments in our border crossings are allowing
people and goods to move between Ontario and Michigan more quickly,
saving both time and money and encouraging economic growth."
The project will address traffic congestion and improve operations at
the plaza. Upgrades include new vehicle access lanes, new buildings for
the Canada Border Services Agency and tunnel maintenance, new
integrated primary inspection (IPIL) lanes for trucks, as well as a
reconfiguration of the duty-free parking area, municipal parking lots
and existing intersections.
"Border infrastructure improvements facilitate trade and the efficient
movement of goods and services between Canada and the United States,"
said Dave Van Kesteren, Member of Parliament for Chatham-Kent—Essex.
"Strategic infrastructure investments like this are part of our plan to
create jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity for the people of
Windsor and Essex County."
"This project will be constructed by a local company, creating local
jobs here in Windsor-Essex," said Teresa Piruzza, MPP for Windsor West.
"These improvements will also help our downtown core businesses by
reducing congestion on local streets and improving access to their
"I want to thank the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario
for following through on their commitment to improve the infrastructure
at the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel," said Eddie Francis, Mayor of
Windsor. "These upgrades will serve to alleviate congestion on city
streets and improve efficiency at one of Canada's most important
Coco Paving (1990) Inc., the successful bidder on the $16.6-million
contract, will begin Stage 1 work with sewer and water main
installation, demolition of parking areas, and installation of
temporary traffic signals.
Traffic on local streets will be maintained throughout the Stage 1 work
with tunnel traffic accessing the plaza as usual. This work is expected
to take approximately two construction seasons to complete.
This project is jointly funded by the Governments of Canada and Ontario
under the Let's Get Windsor-Essex Moving (LGWEM) strategy, a $300-million commitment for several transportation
infrastructure projects to improve efficiency and reduce congestion in
Windsor-Essex. Funding for this strategy comes from the Canada-Ontario
Border Infrastructure Fund.
LET'S GET WINDSOR-ESSEX MOVING STRATEGY
Upgrades to the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel Canadian Plaza are jointly funded
by the Governments of Canada and Ontario under the Let's Get
Windsor-Essex Moving (LGWEM) strategy, a $300-million commitment by the
two governments to improve efficiency and reduce congestion on the
Ontario approaches to the Windsor-Detroit border crossings. Funding
for this strategy comes from the Canada-Ontario Border Infrastructure
The LGWEM Strategy addresses the short- to medium-term concerns at
existing border crossings in Windsor-Essex prior to the construction of
a new publicly-owned bridge between Windsor and Detroit. The projects
under this strategy are improving efficiency and reducing congestion in
the local road network.
Projects under the LGWEM strategy include:
A pedestrian overpass over Huron Church Road south of Tecumseh Road
Intersection improvements on Highway 3 at Walker Road and Outer Drive
Intersection improvements to Huron Church Road at Industrial Drive
Improvements to County Road 19 north of County Road 22 to the VIA Rail
Line (completed 2007)
Intelligent Transportation Systems projects including cameras,
changeable message signs, and portable message systems (completed 2008)
An Environmental Assessment and Preliminary Design Study to identify
improvements to Essex County Road 19 (completed 2008)
Road-rail grade separations on Walker Road and Howard Avenue at the CPR
tracks (Walker Road completed 2008; Howard Avenue completed 2011)
Improvements to the Detroit-Windsor Truck Ferry facilities (completed
Improvements to County Road 22 (completed 2010)
Improvements to Highway 401 (completed 2011)
Master plan and environmental study of improvements to Lauzon Parkway
from Essex County Road 42 to Highway 401 (to be completed in 2013)
Detail design and construction of upgrades to Walker Road between
Division Road and E.C. Row Expressway. (to be completed in 2013)
Improvements to the Canadian plaza of the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel (to be
For more information on the Let's Get Windsor-Essex Moving strategy, please refer to the following websites:
SOURCE: GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Windsor
Transport Canada, Ottawa
Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Toronto
Windsor Border Initiatives Implementation Group
Ontario Ministry of Transportation
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