McGuinty Government Improving Flow Of Trade At Windsor Border Crossing
Special Advisor Named To Make Border Improvements Move Faster
QUEEN'S PARK -- Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty is enlisting former Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Kergin to accelerate improvements along the gateway to the Windsor-Detroit border.
"Jobs, businesses and families depend on our ability to keep people and goods moving through this key economic corridor," said Premier McGuinty.
"And I know Michael Kergin is the right person to maintain, and increase, the momentum we have built up so far."
As the Premier's Special Advisor on border issues, Kergin will work with provincial officials, the federal government and the City of Windsor to complete important projects that are now underway and to deliver a new Detroit River crossing no later than 2013.
Kergin will also work closely with the Windsor Border Initiative Implementation Group -- a team of 34 provincial staff members dedicated to Windsor border projects. The team will have a Windsor storefront office on McDougall Avenue.
"An efficient border is fundamental to Ontario's prosperity and I look forward to working with partners in both the United States and Canada to maintain our progress in ensuring that we have a secure and accessible border crossing," said Kergin.
Under the Let's Get Windsor-Essex Moving Strategy, the federal and provincial governments are investing $300 million to improve traffic flow and to address congestion and security issues. As part of phase two of the strategy, Canada and Ontario will invest $129 million in new initiatives including:
- Environmental assessment and design for improvements to Highway 3/Talbot Road, Lauzon Parkway and Manning Road
- Commitment to proceed with the design/construction of the widening of Highway 401 from Highway 3 to Manning Road
- Detailed design and construction of the Howard Avenue road-rail grade separation
- Construction of intersection improvements on Highway 3 at Outer Drive and Walker Road.
"Improving the Windsor border has tremendous benefits for all of us, starting with the quality of life for the people of Windsor," said Transportation Minister Harinder Takhar. "This is a project of enormous scope, and we have committed to more than 20 projects in the Windsor area from new highway and road links to the pedestrian overpass on Huron Church Road. We're committed to keeping traffic moving at Canada's busiest border crossing, and making sure we do it in a way that takes the community and the environment into account."
"This is great news for Windsor," said Minister of Community and Social Services and Windsor West MPP Sandra Pupatello. "An efficient border crossing is key to ensuring Ontario's economic growth."
"Windsor is proud to be a major hub for cross-border trade, but it is also a vibrant, thriving city," said Minister of Energy Dwight Duncan and MPP for Windsor-St.Clair. "Our plan seeks to maintain and build on these strengths."
"This appointment shows that the Government of Ontario is committed to working with Windsor- Essex County and all other parties to continue moving forward and getting things done," said Bruce Crozier, MPP for Essex.
"This work is critical, not only for the safety and quality of life for people in Windsor, but for the future economic prosperity of all Ontarians," said Premier McGuinty.
To speed up the movement of people and goods across Ontario's border crossings, the provincial government and its partners will invest at least $638 million, including $300 million for improvements at the Windsor Gateway and $323 million for the Niagara and Sarnia border crossings.