Order to allow new crossing set to expire; no movement on boarded up homes

Boarded up homes on Edison Street in west Windsor, August 15, 2022. (Photo by Maureen Revait)

Elected officials and community advocates are wondering what is going to happen when an Order in Council allowing the owners of the Ambassador Bridge to build a new span expires at the end of the month.

The order was issued in 2017 and essentially gave the Detroit International Bridge Company permission to build the new span as long as certain conditions were met.

At the time, the new span was expected to be six lanes, and construction was going to take around three years. The current Ambassador Bridge was to be torn down after the new span was completed.

Windsor West MP Brian Masse indicates little has been done since the time the order was granted, and dozens of homes on the west end are still boarded up.

“We’re calling on the government, when that ends, to actually come to the table to help the City of Windsor fix this problem. Because it’s been left to the municipality, which has done a solid job with regards to this challenging issue, but it’s a federal crossing and that’s important,” said Masse.

There’s no word on if a new agreement is being developed. The last order was issued without going through any parliamentary process.