Twin span would improve air and noise for Windsor: Bridge Co.

WINDSOR, Ont. — The operators of the Ambassador Bridge say that a new six-lane twin span across the Detroit River will not have any adverse effects on communities on either side of the border.

In fact, says Ambassador Bridge President Dan Stamper during an explanation of the company’s Environmental Assessment (EA) at Mackenzie Hall in Windsor, Ont. the “enhancement project,” will improve air quality and reduce existing noise and vibration levels.

“Now that we have the guidelines in hand from Transport Canada, we are proud to share the positive news about the various technical studies with the community,” he said, adding that the company will submit its environmental impact statement to government officials in the near future.

Speaking to the Windsor Star, Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis said he hopes that happens sooner than later. He told the paper that city officials have yet to receive copies of the technical study. He also accused Ambassador officials of “dancing around” the city’s requests for more detailed information.

The Enhancement Project includes a new twin, cable stayed span about 100 feet away from the current bridge.

Similar to a previous report prepared for the U.S. Coast Guard, the Ambassador’s EA for Canadian officials says that sensitive receptors, using “state-of-science software” developed by both Environment Canada and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, shoed that air quality near Huron Church Road, Talbot Road, and other arterial roads, would improve with the new bridge.

Noise sensitive receptors, that include “heritage structures,” measured 16 locations. The company says sound impacts will be further reduced with the use of noise barriers along the west side of the Ambassador Bridge roadway.

The study also claims that archaeology, rare vegetation, animals, surface and ground water, and fish and habitat would not be impacted by a new structure.

habitat during the construction or operation of the Enhancement Project.

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