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No date for Gordie Howe Bridge with project problems

December 5, 2017 by elizabeth

WINDSOR, ON – Both Canadian members of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) and Untied States’ representatives of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) were on-hand Wednesday to ask members of the media to use their imaginations to get the full picture of their expansive vision.
The WDBA gave a technical update and showcased key locations for the Gordie Howe International Bridge, which aims to connect the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway – the Windsor extension of Ontario Highway 401 – and Interstate Highway I75 in Michigan, to add another port of entry to the busiest Canada-U.S. border crossing.
Set to be one of the top five longest bridges in North America once completed, the vision for the bridge includes two huge plazas – one on each side of the border – with 36 inspection booths, of which an estimated 18 will be dedicated to commercial vehicle use.
The project also plans to feature staging areas with facilities for commercial vehicle drivers in between the primary and secondary checkpoints.
Although the U.S. side of the bridge won’t feature a duty-free shop, or other amenities for those making the crossing, the WDBA says the addition of a shop or other faculties like a place to grab food or a coffee would be part of any package chosen through the on-going Request For Proposals (RFP).

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New Ambassador Bridge good for trade: CTA

September 8, 2017 by elizabeth

OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) applauded the Canadian government for issuing the permits required for the Ambassador Bridge expansion project to continue.
The Detroit International Bridge Company, building a privately-funded six-lane crossing to replace the current, 87-year-old, Ambassador Bridge, announced the granting of the permits earlier this week. The current bridge will come down once the new one is in place.

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Emergency repairs ordered for Ambassador Bridge

September 7, 2016 by John Smith

WINDSOR, ON — Transport Canada has ordered the Ambassador Bridge to make emergency repairs on the Canadian side of the international border crossing that connects Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan.

Concerns reportedly involve railings and curbs, and require temporary concrete barriers to divide the traffic in both directions and separate it from the outside curb.

“It’s possible carriers and travelers could encounter some delays at some point, depending on how quickly the bridge [authority] reacts to the order,” the Ontario Trucking Association says.

Last year, Transport Canada also issued an order to the Detroit International Bridge Company to fix railings, concrete curb and sidewalk on the U.S. side of the span.

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Detroit-Windsor Bridge Sees Clear Road

February 20, 2015 by Rolf Lockwood

OTTAWA — Finally, the green light is shining. The last big roadblock to building a new bridge joining Detroit with Windsor, ON has been pushed aside.

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Truckers and Detroit Residents Celebrate New Truck Road

October 30, 2014 by Martin Smith

DETROIT –

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Detroit River Bridge Inching Closer to Construction Stage

October 30, 2014 by Martin Smith

WASHINGTON, DC- The much discussed and long awaited Detroit River International Crossing bridge is one step closer to reality. The U.S. Coast Guard has granted a permit to build the planned Detroit River bridge, which will eventually link Detroit, MI and Windsor, ON.

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Second Windsor/Detroit bridge gets a boost

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WINDSOR, Ont. — A key part of the joint U.S./Canada effort to build a new bridge linking Ontario with Michigan across the Detroit River has been finished,

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Ambassador Bridge Has New Toll System for Canada-Bound Trucks

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WINDSOR, ON – The Ambassador Bridge announced changes to toll collections for all Canada-bound trucks, the Ontario Trucking Association reports.

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Industry Minister frustrated by slow border

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WASHINGTON — Federal Industry Minister Jim Prentice arrived in Washington, D.C. this week with a simple message: a slow border is bad for business, so fix it.

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Democracy at its Very Worst

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Our American friends are going to the polls in a week or so, and I can’t resist commenting.

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Canada, Michigan Sign Historic Agreement

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

After countless years of negotiating, and probably even more lawsuits, a deal has been struck to build a new bridge across the Detroit River linking Windsor, ON and Detroit, MI.

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Truck ferry enhancement plan stalled

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WINDSOR, Ont. – The Detroit-Windsor truck ferry’s future is in jeopardy due to a nearly bizarre bureaucratic situation involving a small piece of roadway that was thought to be public but turns out to be privately owned. A major ferry improvement project is on hold as a result.

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Trucking Dangerous Goods Still Not Allowed on Windsor Bridge

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WARREN, MI – Trucks carrying hazardous goods will not be using the Ambassador Bridge, which connects Detroit to Windsor, the Michigan Department of Transportation has decided.

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Ambassador Bridge project gets green approval from U.S.

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WARREN, Mich. — The U.S. Coast Guard recently issued a Draft Finding of no significant impact on the Ambassador Bridge Enhancement Project.

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Windsor Folks Sue Bridge Owners for $10-million

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WINDSOR, ON. – Citizens living on the Canadian side of the Ambassador Bridge have sued the American owners of the bridge for $10 million.