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).
SAULT STE. MARIE — It’s lights out on the International Bridge arches connecting the cities of Sault Ste. Marie as a cost-saving lighting replacement project prepares to take a highly visible step forward.
PORT HURON, MI — A new Port Huron Welcome Center has opened in Michigan, located off westbound Interstate 94, for the more than 5.5 million vehicleS crossing the Blue Water Bridge each year.
TORONTO — It was a long, hard fight, but Ontario trucking companies will not have to pony up extra funds to cover the punitive Michigan Business Tax (MBT).
OTTAWA, ON – The federal government has reserved $53 billion for infrastructure spending, according to the 2014 Economic Action Plan, which Finance Minister Jim Flaherty released Tuesday.
Our American friends are going to the polls in a week or so, and I can’t resist commenting.
DETROIT – The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is currently re-evaluating the ban on hazardous materials that travel across the Ambassador Bridge.
TORONTO — Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has kindly requested his Michigan counterpart restore tax reciprocity between the neighboring jurisdictions, in an effort to not worsen economic conditions.