Governments of Canada and Ontario mark completion of the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway
December 14, 2015 – Windsor, Ontario
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport and the Honourable Steven Del Duca, Ontario Minister of Transportation, today toured the completed Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway.
The ministers also unveiled a plaque which commemorates joint federal and provincial funding for the Parkway. The plaque is permanently located at the eastern head of the parkway trail system adjacent to Essex County Road 9 and Highway 3 in the vicinity of the roundabout.
Construction of the parkway began in August 2011 with eight kilometres of Highway 401 opened on June 29, 2015. The remaining three kilometres of Highway 401 between Ojibway Parkway and Highway 3 opened on November 21, 2015 signifying substantial completion. Work on the trail system will continue into spring 2016 with full completion of all elements of the parkway expected to be fully complete by June 2016.
- The $1.4-billion Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway is the Canadian access road approved under the Detroit River International Crossing Study. The road connects Highway 401 to a new Canadian inspection plaza and bridge crossing of the Detroit River in west Windsor.
- The Government of Ontario delivered the parkway under its Alternative Financing and Procurement model with Infrastructure Ontario. The Government of Canada provided up to $764 million for the project through the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund.
- In November 2012, the parkway was renamed after the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray, a former member of parliament for Windsor. Mr. Gray served an unprecedented 13 consecutive terms in office including as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Revenue; Consumer and Corporate Affairs; Industry, Trade and Commerce; and Regional Economic Expansion. Mr. Gray was also a former Canadian Chair of the International Joint Commission, a bilateral organization that resolves boundary water concerns between Canada and the United States.
“The new Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway is a critical piece of infrastructure which will benefit both the residents of Windsor/Essex and Canadian business. This new parkway which will connect to the new Gordie Howe International Bridge will facilitate trade and the continued growth of the Canadian economy. Strategic infrastructure investments such as this create jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity.”
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport
“Once again I’d like to sincerely thank the residents of the Windsor-Essex region for their patience during construction. With the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway now almost fully complete, we can begin to benefit from this important piece of new highway infrastructure – one of the largest investments in Ontario history – by helping to manage congestion and by keeping goods, people, and the economy in the Windsor region moving.”
The Honourable Steven Del Duca
Ontario Minister of Transportation
Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Windsor
Transport Canada, Ottawa
Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Toronto
Windsor Border Initiatives Implementation Group
Ontario Ministry of Transportation
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