Construction has begun on the $1.4 billion Windsor-Essex Parkway, which will ease traffic congestion along the vital trade corridor to Detroit.
The 11-kilometre parkway, which will extend Highway 401 through Tecumseh, LaSalle and Windsor, will separate local and international traffic through the Windsor-Detroit gateway.
"I look at it as a 50-year conclusion of the 401," said Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara at the sod turning ceremony. "They started at this end, they forgot that little component. We're completing the 401."
On average, $1.6 million in trade crosses the Canada-U.S. border each day, says Len Crispino, Ontario Chamber of Commerce President and Chied Executive Officer.
The parkway's design consists of a six-lane below-grade freeway which is an extension of Highway 401 and a four-lane service road network which is an extension of Highway 3 to eliminate stop-and-go traffic in residential areas. The project has more than 300 acres of green space, 20 kilometre of recreational trails, and new community connections.
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