New Windsor bridge location selected: Report

WINDSOR, Ont. — The official announcement of where a new Windsor-Detroit crossing will be built won’t come for weeks, but sources close to the situation tell the Windsor Star that it will go between the Brighton Beach power plant and the Canadian Salt Company location.

According to the newspaper, sources confirmed that on the U.S. side, the new, six-lane structure will land on the northern edge of Zug Island and lead to an industrial area in the impoverished suburb of Delray.

The sites are known as ‘option B’ among three options being considered by the Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) study team.

A Transport Canada spokesman would not confirm whether final decisions have been made, saying only that final recommendations will come sometime before July, the Star reports.

Plans for a second international crossing a mile or so downriver from the Ambassador Bridge have been in the works for over a decade.

Last week, DRIC announced details on a new $1.6-billion feeder highway through Windsor leading to the new border from Highway 401.

As reported, Windsor officials blasted the move. City Council and Mayor Eddie Francis have been pushing for a more elaborate plan called GreenLink, which covers about 60 percent of the route with below-grade tunnels.

Francis told us that there’s a good chance the city will sue DRIC if it decides an upcoming environmental assessment of the project is unsatisfactory.

Ottawa is committed to the new bridge, pledging $400 million for a public-private partnership.

Transport Canada spokesman Mark Butler told the Star that a partner hasn’t been picked, but there have been informal talks with several private corporations regarding the project.

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