Ontario completes $1.4B Highway 401 extension
Parkway will add another link between Windsor and Detroit when Gordie Howe International Bridge is completed in 2020
WINDSOR—The province of Ontario has completed the final stretch of the new Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway in Windsor, Ont. The new stretch of pavement cost $1.4 billion and opened to traffic Nov. 21.
Though it will be several years until the new link between Windsor and Detroit is completed, the 401 extension will eventually carry drivers across the Gordie Howe International Bridge, alleviating congestion at the Ambassador Bridge, which is one of North America’s busiest shipping and travel routes. The province noted the Windsor-Detroit gateway currently accounts for nearly one-third of Canada’s road trade with the U.S., with approximately $402 million in goods crossing the border daily.
“The Windsor-Detroit Gateway is a vital transportation corridor for growing Ontario’s economy,” Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment & Infrastructure,” said. “Our government is following through on an important commitment to build up and improve transportation between Windsor-Detroit, helping Ontario businesses grow, create jobs, and attract investment to the region.”
The project created more than 12,000 jobs throughout construction.