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September 26, 2012

Upgrades start on Windsor-Detroit tunnel plaza

WINDSOR

The Governments of Canada and Ontario recently announced the start of construction for upgrades to the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel Canadian Plaza.

This project is expected to create approximately 150 jobs in the region and improve capacity for growth in vehicle traffic and cross-border trade through the Windsor-Detroit corridor.

“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.

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“Tunnel plaza improvements will create jobs and economic growth and complement the construction of a newWindsor-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 herein 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 locations.”

“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 economic gateways.”

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 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.

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