panel has backed a plan to deal with cross-border truck traffic
between Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, The Windsor Star reported
Dec. 20. The plan includes the conversion of a rail tunnel under
the Detroit River for use by trucks, an idea first proposed by The
Detroit River Tunnel Partnership in November.
rail tunnel in southwest Detroit, which is close to the Ambassador
Bridge, would be converted into a four-lane truck route at a cost
of $400 million, The Detroit News reported.
panel said it would run from Highway 401 to the E.C. Row Expressway.
Once on the expressway, trucks would all be shifted to a single,
dedicated lane that would be added to the road in each direction.
general manager of the Detroit River Tunnel Partnership, told the
Detroit paper in November the project also would require seven miles
of new roads to link to the converted truck tunnel, located behind
the vacant Michigan Central Depot at Michigan Avenue and 14th Street,
to I-75 in Detroit and Highway 401 in Windsor.
could be completed within five years, pending government approvals
on both sides of the border.