WINDSOR, Ont. — The Governments of Canada and Ontario have launched the Canadian Environmental Assessment (EA) phase of the Detroit River International Crossing project to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow at the Windsor-Detroit border.
The EA phase will include the completion of environmental and technical work to allow the governments to decide on the location of a new or expanded crossing in an environmentally responsible manner.
“The Governments of Canada and Ontario recognize the pressing need for additional border capacity in the Windsor-Detroit Gateway area,” said Transport Minister Jean-C. Lapierre.
“Moving toward a new or expanded Windsor-Detroit crossing is great news for the community,” said Ontario Minister of Transportation Harinder Takhar. “We are working with our partners to ease congestion and strengthen the economy at Canada’s busiest border crossing.”
This work aims to meet the legislative and regulatory requirements of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act and the U.S. National Environmental Policy Act.
During the EA phase, alternative solutions will be studied, with consideration being given to environmental and community effects, and a location for a new or expanded international crossing will be recommended. This work will be completed by the end of 2007, leading to the opening of additional crossing capacity by 2013.
The public will have the opportunity to participate in the process. The first of five rounds of public meetings is planned for April 2005. In addition, local advisory councils on both sides of the border will provide the public, the private sector and community groups the opportunity to comment throughout the Environmental Assessment phase.
Updates on study progress and consultation activities will be provided throughout the project.
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