The Government of Canada has announced that it has approved the Canadian Transit Company’s application for the proposed Ambassador Bridge Enhancement Project spanning the Detroit River between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan to replace the existing bridge. In addition to approving the Canadian Transit Company’s application, the Government is moving forward expeditiously with the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.
The project will see the construction of a six-lane bridge to replace the 87-year-old current Ambassador Bridge, as well as an expansion of the Ambassador Bridge’s associated Canada Border Services Agency facility.
“The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of ensuring the continued flow of trade and travellers between Windsor and Detroit, one of the most important Canada-United States border crossings,” said Marc Garneau, minister of transport. “The construction of the replacement Ambassador Bridge together with the Gordie Howe International Bridge project will ensure that Canadians continue to benefit from the efficient movement of people and goods at this crossing while providing infrastructure improvements for the local community.”
Under Canada’s International Bridges and Tunnels Act, the project is subject to conditions that will ensure the efficiency, safety, and security of the crossing and mitigate the impacts of the project on the local community. The conditions include the dismantling of the existing bridge when the replacement bridge is open, improving local infrastructure, creating new public green spaces, and protecting the environment and considering Indigenous interests.
The Windsor-Detroit gateway is comprised of the Ambassador Bridge, the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel, the Detroit-Windsor Truck Ferry, and the Detroit River Rail Tunnel. It is the busiest commercial land border crossing between Canada the United States, handling more than 25 per cent of the overall Canada-U.S. trade per year, and approximately 30 per cent of the trade carried by truck.
In 2015, 2.5 million trucks carrying over $120 billion in two-way trade crossed the Ambassador Bridge. It is also the second busiest passenger vehicle crossing, with 4.2 million vehicle crossings in 2015.