Ottawa, Ontario – The Canadian government has committed a maximum of US$550 million to a new bridge at the Windsor-Detroit border crossing, in an effort to help jump-start projects such as an interchange and toll plaza on the Michigan side of the border.
“The Windsor-Detroit corridor is the busiest commercial land border crossing in North America, and building a new bridge will be one of the most important projects in history for enhancing trade between Canada and the United States,” said Transport Minister John Baird. “The government of Canada is fully dedicated to the Windsor-Detroit bridge project, along with our partners. We want the state of Michigan to be fully ready too.”
The promised funding is in addition to money committed for projects on the Ontario side of the border, which Baird said are now progressing.
“Building the crossing could amount to about 30,000 jobs in the Windsor and Detroit communities alone, and attract new investments to boost our local and national economies,” Baird said. “This bridge will also increase border capacity to manage future trade and travel growth, and will be built with the security of both our countries in mind.”