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Title: Detroit River International Crossing


1
Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC)
Study 2007 Ohio Conference on
Freight Toledo, Ohio September 18, 2007
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The Border Transportation Partnership
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Why a Border Transportation Partnership?
  • Need for long-term improvements was recognized
  • Within the mandates of
  • U.S. Federal Highway Administration
  • Transport Canada
  • Michigan Department of Transportation
  • Ontario Ministry of Transportation
  • Both countries must agree to make a new crossing
    happen!

4
The DRIC Study
  • As part of this long-term strategy, the
    Partnership is conducting a study to provide for
    the safe, efficient and secure movement of people
    and goods across the border.
  • For more than two years, teams of experts in
    Canada and the U.S. have been working on the
    Detroit River International Crossing Study.
  • We are making excellent progress!

5
Purpose of the DRIC Study
  • The DRIC study is addressing regional
    transportation and mobility needs
  • New border crossing capacity to meet long-term
    demand
  • Improved system connectivity to enhance flow of
    people and goods
  • Improved border operations and processing
    capabilities
  • Reasonable, secure crossing options
    (redundancy)
  • We are seeking solutions that will minimize
    community and environmental impacts.

6

Detroit-Windsor A Vital Link
  • Approximately 28 of U.S.-Canada surface trade
  • Over 80 of all goods crossing the Detroit River
    are carried by truck
  • Significant to the economies of two nations
  • The partnering governments must protect
    transportation services

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Why a New Crossing at Windsor-Detroit?
  • Busiest commercial land border in North America.
    Each year at Windsor-Detroit
  • More than 3.5 million trucks and 12 million
    cars cross both ways
  • More than 122 billion (25 total Canada-U.S.
    trade) flows through
  • Approx. 35 of Canada-U.S. road trade crosses.
  • Under high-growth scenarios, cross-border traffic
    demand could exceed the capacity of the present
    border crossings at Windsor-Detroit as early as
    2015.

8
Travel Demand vs. CapacityCombined Detroit
River Crossings
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Ohio-Canada Trade Stats    
 
  • Ohio exported 16.8 billion to Canada in 2005.
  • Ohio imported 13.7 billion from Canada in
    2005.
  • Canada is Ohios largest export market, with
    trade almost equivalent to the states export
    sales to all other countries combined.
  • 276,500 Ohio jobs are supported by U.S. -
    Canada trade.
  • Canadians made more than 511,300 visits to Ohio
    in 2005, spending 96 million (USD).
  • In turn, Ohio residents made 698,400 visits to
    Canada, spending 235 million.


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Environmental Assessment
A Coordinated Approach
  • The Partnership has developed a coordinated
    process that is
  • thorough
  • open and transparent
  • fully accessible to the public.
  • On both sides of the border, this coordinated
    process will
  • enable joint selection of a recommended river
    crossing that meets environmental requirements
  • ensure environmental concerns and community
    impacts are addressed.

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Broad Consultation Throughout The Project
CANADIAN AGENCIES, MUNICIPALITIES, PUBLIC
U.S. AGENCIES, MUNICIPALITIES, PUBLIC
CANADIAN MUNICIPAL COUNCILS
U.S. CITY COUNCILS
FIRSTNATIONS
U.S. BORDER AGENCIES
CDN REGULATORY AGENCIES
U.S. REGULATORY AGENCIES
CANADIAN PUBLIC
U.S. PUBLIC
THE PARTNERSHIP
COMMUNITY CONSULTATION GROUP
FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED TRIBES
MUNICIPAL ADVISORYGROUP
U.S. PROJECT TEAM EXPERTISE
CANADIAN PROJECTTEAM EXPERTISE
LOCAL AGENCY GROUP
CANADIAN BORDER AGENCIES
LOCAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
CROSSING OWNERS OPERATORS PROPONENTS
PRIVATE SECTOR ADVISORY GROUP
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Environmental Assessment Key Study Activities
? Developed Initial Set of Crossing Alternatives, Plaza Locations Connecting Routes in Canada and the U.S.
? Defined Area of Continued Analysis
? Presented Specific Crossing, Plaza and Access Road Options
? Presented Preliminary Results of Social, Economic, Environmental and Engineering Assessments
Identify Preferred Crossing Location, Plaza Locations Connecting Routes in Canada and the U.S. (SPRING 2008)
Finalize Engineering and Mitigation Measures
Document Study and Submit for Approvals
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Illustrative Alternatives
15
Practical Crossing, Plaza Route Alternatives
16
Plaza and Crossing Locations
17
U.S. Study
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X-10 Crossing Alternatives
19
X-11 Crossing Alternatives
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Composite of the Two Footprints
21
Delray Land Use Options
22
Delray Land Use Options
23
Canadian Study
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An End-to-End Solution
  • The Canadian DRIC team faces a distinct
    challenge to extend the existing Highway 401 to
    the new border crossing.
  • New six-lane highway, approximately 8 km in
    length
  • Several alternatives considered at-grade,
    below grade, tunneled, Parkway.
  • Goal is to improve quality of life, take trucks
    off city streets, and improve movement of traffic
    across the border.
  • All access road alternatives, as well as plaza
    and crossing alternatives, will be evaluated
    against seven factors.

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Evaluation Factors
  • Changes to Air Quality
  • Protection of Community and Neighborhood
    Characteristics
  • Consistency with Existing Planned Land Use
  • Protection of Cultural Resources
  • Protection of Natural Environment
  • Improvements to Regional Mobility
  • Cost and Constructability

26
Access Road Alternatives
27
Parkway Option
  • Addresses the future transportation and
    mobility needs of the region
  • Responds to local concerns -
  • Covered sections of highway (short tunnels) at
    10 locations to improve community connections
    across the corridor
  • Landscaping to reduce visual impacts
  • Recreational trails for pedestrians and
    bicycles along and across the corridor
  • Opportunities for gateway entrance features to
    Canada, Ontario, Windsor/Essex County

28
Views of the Parkway Huron Church Line area
(looking east)
29
Views of the Parkway Labelle area (looking
east from EC Row)
30
Next Steps
  • Continue to consult with the public
  • Complete the technical and environmental
    studies
  • Present a single technically and
    environmentally preferred alternative
  • Spring 2008
  • Submit final study documents to approving
    agencies

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DRIC Project Timeline
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Detroit RiverInternational Crossing Route
Planning and Environmental Assessment (EA) /
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
EA/EIS Review Approval
LandAcquisition
Technically and Environmentally
PreferredAlternative SelectedSpring 2008
ENGINEERING / CONSTRUCTION
NEWCROSSING2013
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Contacts
  • Mohammed Alghurabi
  • Senior Project Manager
  • Michigan Department
  • of Transportation
  • (517) 373-7674
  • AlghurabiM_at_michigan.gov
  • Sean ODell
  • Executive Director
  • Windsor Gateway Project
  • Transport Canada
  • (613) 991-4702
  • OdellS_at_tc.gc.ca

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  • www.partnershipborderstudy.com
  • 1-800-900-2649
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