Yesterday Lawrence Cannon, minister of transport, infrastructure and communities, welcomed the proposal from the Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) study team on the technically preferred alternative for the access road from Highway 401 to the proposed new international border crossing.
The recommended proposal—the Windsor-Essex Parkway—represents the result of years of technical studies, analysis and community input. Over the next months, the DRIC study team will continue preparation of final documents for submission to provincial and federal environmental regulatory agencies.
The proposed Parkway would remove trucks from city streets and improve the flow of international trade and traffic across the border. The project would help to create up to 12,000 direct and indirect jobs in the Windsor-Essex region.
The province of Ontario has jurisdictional responsibility for the new Parkway. The federal government’s commitment will come from the new merit-based Gateways and Border Crossings Fund that is part of the Building Canada Plan.
The DRIC study team will announce the preferred location of the plaza and bridge crossing in the coming months.
Canada, the United States, Ontario and Michigan are moving forward in a bi-national partnership, the DRIC study, to implement a 30-year transportation strategy addressing the various challenges at the Windsor-Detroit corridor. In Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation in coordination with Transport Canada is leading the DRIC study. The Michigan Department of Transportation, in coordination with the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, is leading the U.S. work program.