March 21, 2005

Public consultations launched for Windsor-Detroit gateway

Ottawa, Ontario – Transport Minister Jean-C. Lapierre and Ontario Transportation Minister Harinder Takhar have announced that community outreach events will be launched as part of the Bi-National environmental assessment study process for new crossing capacity at the Windsor-Detroit Gateway.

“The Windsor-Detroit Gateway is of vital importance to the economic future of the Windsor region, southwestern Ontario and the rest of Canada,” Lapierre said. “The Government of Canada remains committed to doing its share to make the Gateway work for all Canadians.”

Windsor is Canada’s busiest border crossing, with over 16 million vehicles and over $120 billion in goods moving across it each year. The governments of Canada, the United States, Ontario and Michigan are moving forward through the Bi-National Partnership to implement a 30-year, five-phase transportation strategy at the gateway. Various challenges include free and secure trade, security, environmental concerns and the impact on communities.

The Bi-National Partnership has initiated the environmental assessment process. It is expected that the preferred corridor will be selected by the end of 2006, with the full environmental assessment completed in 2007. At that time, the partnership will have developed, consulted on and carried out a preliminary design of a recommended plan for additional border capacity. Construction would begin in 2010 and lead to the opening of additional crossing capacity in 2013, around the same time that the Ambassador Bridge, one of two existing vehicular crossings, is projected to reach capacity.

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