WINDSOR, Ont. - While there's been a lot of talk about improving the movement of goods through the Windsor-Detroit border, federal and provincial governments delivered more than just lip service Sept....
WINDSOR, Ont. – While there’s been a lot of talk about improving the movement of goods through the Windsor-Detroit border, federal and provincial governments delivered more than just lip service Sept. 25.
The governments committed $300 million in funding aimed at improving the flow of truck traffic through Canada’s busiest commercial border crossing.
Ontario Trucking Association president, David Bradley, was quick to applaud the announcement.
“The funding announcement is the first concrete step taken to date for solving the bridge area traffic problem that has been plaguing residents and truckers for years,” he says.
Both levels of government will contribute an equal portion of the $300 million, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and Ontario Premier Ernie Eves announced at a press conference in Windsor.
The funding represents the first dollars spent by the feds under the new $600-million Border Infrastructure Fund announced earlier this year.
While pleased with the announcement, Bradley cautions it’s important the money is spent in an appropriate manner.
“This is a terrific first step but decisions need to be made quickly about how the money is going to spent,” says Bradley.
Currently, two major infrastructure proposals have been tabled. One involves improving the Ambassador Bridge, while the other would convert the Canadian Pacific rail tunnel into a specialized truck route.
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