Windsor, Ontario – The government of Canada and the Ontario provincial government have announced joint funding for the final phase of the five-phase project to widen Highway 401 approaching Windsor, Ontario.

The Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario are jointly funding improvements to this 7.1-kilometre section of Highway 401 between Windsor and Tilbury, with the federal government committing up to $29.95 million. The last phase of construction is set to begin this spring and will be completed by late fall 2009.

This phase of construction will include the widening of Highway 401 from four to six lanes between east of Puce Road (Essex Road 25) to east of Bellev River Road (Essex Road 27); rehabilitation of the Maidstone Township Road 3 and the Rochester Township Road 2 underpasses; the widening and rehabilitation of the Belle River Bridge and Duck Creek Bridge; the replacement of the Belle River Road overpass; repairs to the Big Creek Bridge; construction of a commuter parking lot at the Belle River Road interchange; reconstruction of ramps; and installation of new lighting.

“This project is critical to the flow of international goods and investments in Essex-Windsor, especially to our auto supply chain,” said Jeff Watson, MP for Essex, Ontario.

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