WINDSOR, Ont. — With about 3.5 million trucks, 26 million travellers and US$113 billion in goods moving across the Windsor-Detroit border annually, congestion and delays pose a serious problem for the proper flow of trade and cross border traffic. Thats why the Border Transportation Partnership (BTP) comprised of the Canadian, the US, Ontario and Michigan governments is moving forward with the route planning and environmental study for a new crossing of the Detroit River, connections to freeways in Ontario and Michigan, and inspection plaza locations in both countries.
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO), in coordination with Transport Canada, is leading the Canadian Environmental Assessment study and has retained URS Canada to assist in this undertaking. In November 2005, the Canadian and US study teams announced the Area of Continued Analysis (ACA). Working with the community, the Canadian study team developed practical crossing, plaza and access road options within the ACA and presented these options at public open houses in March. These options, including a cut and cover tunnel option for the access road, are being studied in more detail. The study team is collecting public feedback and conducting technical studies to assist them in determining the single preferred alternative in 2007.
Workshops are part of the Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) studys ongoing community consultation about the practical alternatives. The upcoming workshops will focus on the general look and fit of a new international crossing, and will reflect consultation held to date with communities on both sides of the river.
The workshops are being conducted as a drop-in format, with computerized workstations, hands-on drawing areas and artists on hand to help produce drawings of suggestions for the physical preferences of a new crossing. The workshops will focus on developing general concepts related to the aesthetics of potential bridge types and will not examine specific crossing locations. Workshop sessions have been arranged on both sides of the river. The Canadian workshop will be held 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cleary International Centre in Windsor Nov. 15.
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