TORONTO, Ont. –Ontario is willing to fund the municipal environmental assessment study and detailed work for a Huron Church Road truck bypass in Windsor, as proposed in the Schwartz Report, Transport Minister Harinder Takhar announced today.
“The people of Windsor are tired of seeing this major city thoroughfare clogged with trucks headed for the border. The Windsor Gateway needs to work for the good of the local economy and the economy of all of Ontario,” said Minister Takhar.
The Windsor gateway includes the Ambassador Bridge, the rail and car tunnel and a truck ferry. It carries about 26 per cent of Canada’s trucks traveling between Canada and the U.S., 33 per cent of the value of commodities carried by truck, nearly 30 per cent of Canada’s exports by road, and over 38 per cent of Canada’s imports by road, according to government statistics.
Pending the approval of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment study, the Ontario government will also provide up to $150 million for the construction of the truck bypass.
The Schwartz report, commissioned by the City of Windsor, made several recommendations, including a potential route for the truck bypass.
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