LAKESHORE, Ont. — Local objections in this economically ailing border town are getting in the way of a $2.5-million investment by one of Canada’s biggest trucking companies.
According to the Windsor Star, Winnipeg-based Bison Transport wants to expand a 14-acre marshalling yard that could accommodate as many as 270 trucks, in particular LCVs, in the town of Lakeshore, a little town outside Windsor.
LCVs are not permitted in adjacent Michigan, so they have to be detached in Ontario before the trucks continue across the border.
Bison received the okay from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to build the new facility (MTO) but when it came time for the Lakeshore municipal council to rezone the land, some nearby businesses in a nearby commercial plaza objected, so the project will be delayed.
According to the Star, the businesses fear traffic gridlock.
Also, the town planner Tom Storey recommended a deferral, suggesting that the town might have to cough up money for some on-ramp modifications as well as planning costs.
The property is located south of the 401, and east of 77 and the MTO and Bison would have to provide access to 77 with a new road, built especially for the big rigs.
Bison has a similar marshalling yard in Mississauga, Ont.
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