The Detroit & Canada Tunnel Corp. considers truck ban

| Monday, August 26, 2002

The Detroit & Canada Tunnel Corp. is considering limiting or banning truck traffic through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel based on a new report. According to the Windsor Star, the drastic measure is based on a report titled "Vision for the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel."

The report suggests that new tunnel plazas "would only accommodate larger commercial vehicles on a limited basis." Banning truck traffic would reduce road construction costs and add to road life.

Twenty-five percent of all Canada-U.S trade passes between Windsor and Detroit. Reportedly, 10,000 trucks per day converge on Huron Church Road and secondary arteries in Windsor, creating a bottleneck that constricts trade flows, and puts severe strain on roads and air quality.

The Detroit River Tunnel Partnership, which owns the existing rail tunnel and rail corridor between Hwy. 401 in Ontario and I-75 in Michigan, said last month they would look at converting the existing tunnel's two rail tubes into a state-of-the-art truck route.

Together, the truck and rail tunnels would form a secure zone for an efficient, cost-effective route designed to serve freight traffic, the DRTP said.

In the meantime, commuters who use the tunnel will have to pay an extra 25 cents on the Detroit side of the tunnel beginning Sept. 2. The rate hike is said to help offset the cost of tunnel renovations.

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