$1.4B Windsor highway could set tone for new bridge

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Detroit Free Press/ By Joe Guillen

As southwest Detroit prepares for construction of the Gordie Howe bridge to Canada, community leaders have taken notice of a new $1.4-billion highway in Windsor that they hope can be a model for similar improvements in Detroit.

The Herb Gray Parkway, portions of which opened this summer, will connect the Gordie Howe International Bridge to Windsor’s Highway 401. Of particular interest to Detroit community advocates, the new 7-mile Canadian parkway also includes more than 12 miles of recreational trails and noise mitigation measures.

Similar amenities would be welcome in Detroit’s Delray neighborhood, where a $250-million to $300-million customs plaza will be built for the Gordie Howe bridge. Residents there already deal with pollution and noise from nearby factories and a constant flow of truck traffic.

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