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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Windsor Vying for Chunk of Provincial Cash to Upgrade Key Arterial Roads

The Windsor Star/Derek Spalding

The expansion of the Lauzon Parkway is one of Windsor’s most expensive road infrastructure projects that could begin within the next decade, depending on priorities established by the next council.

The price tag will likely come in well over $169 million, but an easier connection between the EC Row Expressway and Highway 401 will ensure people and goods move quickly in and out of the city.

Funding such projects is the biggest challenge, but the provincial government’s budget – passed this week – includes nearly $14 billion for the next 10 years to upgrade or build roads, bridges and transit anywhere outside the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. With that news, cities like Windsor will be ready to grab much-needed transportation infrastructure funding.

Identifying which projects would likely be subsidized once the cash is finally doled out is nearly impossible, largely because the provincial government has yet to lay out the criteria for the allocations. There’s no shortage of projects in Windsor. Bridge rehabilitation alone is estimated at $41 million, whereas sewer upgrades come at a cost of $10 million to $15 million a year. Though funding from senior levels of government are welcome for all these projects, the city has some larger, more expensive plans for a handful of road upgrades. [Read More]

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