Toronto, Ontario – Ontario has closed the bidding process for proposals to design, build, finance and maintain the Windsor-Essex Parkway, intended to provide direct freeway access to a new inspection plaza and international river crossing to Detroit, Michigan.

Local travellers will be able to enter and exit the route easily via the Parkway’s many on- and off-ramps. The project is estimated to generate 12,000 project-related jobs, mostly in the Windsor-Essex region.

Over the next several months, Infrastructure Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation will evaluate submissions, and announce the successful bidder later this year. Full construction will begin in the winter of 2011.

The Windsor-Essex Parkway is the Ontario access road portion of the proposed Detroit River International Crossing. The eleven-kilometre freeway will separate local and international traffic, and eliminate the current stop-and-go traffic on the way to the border. The Parkway will remain publicly owned, publicly controlled and publicly accountable.

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