A Windsor, Ont. company is cashing in on the recently approved second Ambassador Bridge span between Windsor and Detroit.
CTV News has learned TCI Titan Group has been awarded the $50-million
dollar contract to build the truck customs plaza, which will be located
at the foot of the existing bridge.
“As we were awarded the project, I went and looked at the history of
the bridge, and being part of what I think is a very monumental and
historical build," said Art Ussoletti, president of TCI Titan Group.
The Detroit International Bridge Company received a permit from
Transport Canada in September, which was considered the last major
hurdle standing in the way of building a new bridge between the two
countries at North America’s busiest border crossing. The project is
intended to replace the nearly-90-year-old Ambassador Bridge.
Very early work is already underway, with the demolition of about 100
homes on Indian Road, where the new span will ultimately be located.
The truck customs plaza is considered a necessity because all secondary
truck inspections are currently conducted off-site. Both the Canada
Border Services Agency and the Bridge Company believes that’s a security
risk. The off-site inspection facility is located about two kilometres
down Huron Church Road on Industrial Drive.
"So that eliminates that whole need to escort and transport trucks further down into the corridor," said Ussoletti.
In consultation with the CBSA, a new, 9.5-acre plaza will be built just west of the new bridge.
Stan Korosec of the Bridge Company tells CTV News aside from a lot of
surface paving and eight new customs booths, TCI Titan will also
construct a stand-alone border services building.
"The building will be designed so that it fits in with the nature of
the west end,” said Korosec. “It’s not a steel and glass type thing
being designed. So it will fit in with the nature of historic Sandwich."
Ussoletti says he's already hired additional engineers and architects
with more contractors and subcontractors to follow. He adds this phase
is just one example of the huge economic impact this bridge will have on
"That really lays into the Bridge Company's philosophy of keeping it
local and keeping it Canadian so I think that's a huge factor,"
More heavy construction is expected to begin within the next 30 days.
The privately-funded Ambassador Bridge Enhancement Project is estimated
to cost $1billion dollars. The Bridge Company says they want the new
span open to traffic by 2020.
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