April fools: DRIC delaying study results

WINDSOR, Ont. — The final recommendations of the Detroit River International Crossing study, may not be released in April as was originally expected.

At one time, it was hoped April would be the target month for the announcement, but officials have begun offering a more vague timeline.

The official word from Transport Canada spokesman Mark Butler is that the recommendations will be made public sometime this spring – so technically, before June 21, which is the first day of summer.

DRIC – a binational government group consisting of federal, state and provincial officials – was charged with determining the location of the next Windsor-Detroit border crossing.

Although, it is unlikely the announcement will have to wait until June, it is likely the recommendations will be made in two parts, as further information is processed. If that were the case, one announcement would be made to detail a border route from Hwy. 401 and another for the actual location of the new Windsor-Detroit bridge and accompanying plazas.

Three locations remain as options for the next bridge under the DRIC study: one near Hill Street, another near the Sterling Fuels terminal on Russell Street, and a third near the Windsor Salt Company near Ojibway Parkway.

DRIC is still waiting for the results of the final environmental assessment
on the U.S. side.

— with files from the Windsor Star

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