Jonathon Liedtke – ourWindsor.ca – Feb. 12, 2013
Big changes are coming to the downtown core, as the Detroit–Windsor Tunnel new access routes are officially under construction.
“The main entrance is going to be off Goyeau and Wyandotte, explained Mario Sonego City Engineer, “Tunnel traffic will have to enter that way, residential and other city traffic will not be able to go between Wyandottee and Park Street.”
The final design includes parking lots, queing lanes, booth improvements and more, and while today is step 1 of the construction phase, the majority of the road work will be done by the enbd of this year.
“There’s going to be work into 2014 … they’ll demolish the existing CBSA building [and] construct a new one. Most of the road work that people will see will be done this year.”
The funding for the project was set aside by both the federal and provincial governments for border improvements.
Sonego explained that the city has been advertising road changes for the past two and a half weeks, and that there’s also been public information sessions to help spread the message. “The plan’s been out there for quite a while [and] there’s been quite a few ads in the paper.
“Emergency vehicles were looked at … they were part of the [design] process,” stated Sonego, “when the plaza is complete they have a particular route, that if they have to get [through] quickly, there’ll be a route set aside just for them.”
Detroit–Windsor Tunnel plaza under construction (ourwindsor.ca)
Jonathon Liedtke is the Features & Opinion Editor for the University of Windsor Lance Campus/Community Newspaper and a reporter for ourWindsor.ca. As a founding member and current Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee, he is committed to representing, connecting, engaging with and advocating for local youth. He is also a member of Windsor’s “Punk with Horns” band The Nefidovs, and as such, is committed to enhancing and sustaining the arts community.
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