Windsor-Detroit gateway gets funding

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WINDSOR, Ont. – The governments of Canada and Ontario, in partnership with the City of Windsor, are contributing $357,000 in road improvements on Huron Church Road at Industrial Drive.

The improvements are part of the Let’s Get Windsor-Essex Moving strategy to improve traffic flow at Canada’s busiest border crossing.

Construction has already begun and is anticipated to be completed by mid-August.

The project involves lengthening the northbound left-turn lane on Huron Church Road at Industrial Drive to reduce line-ups for US-bound commercial trucks accessing the truck pre-processing facility on Industrial Drive.

“An efficient Windsor-Detroit Gateway is essential to the Canadian economy,” said Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.

“Today’s announcement demonstrates the shared commitment among all levels of government to reduce congestion and improve the safety and efficiency of this important international trade corridor.”

Construction will require the temporary closure of the northbound and southbound passing lanes, reducing traffic to two lanes in both directions.

Signs will be posted to inform motorists of expected delays. Additional traffic information will be posted on the Ontario Ministry of Transportation road information Web site at, through a link on the City of Windsor website ( or by calling 311.

In addition to the Huron Church Road / Industrial Drive project, construction is also set to begin in June 2006 on the advance utility relocation for the road-rail grade separation on Walker Road at Grand Marais.

This project is jointly funded by the Governments of Canada and Ontario under the Let’s Get Windsor-Essex Moving strategy, a $300 million investment in several short- and medium-term projects to improve traffic flow at existing crossings and address congestion at the Windsor-Detroit Gateway. Funding for this strategy comes from the Canada-Ontario Border Infrastructure Fund.

The Windsor-Detroit border crossing is Canada’s most heavily travelled crossing, with more than 20 million vehicles passing each year.

For more information on the status of the Let’s Get Windsor-Essex Moving Strategy and the Detroit River International Crossing study, visit

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