Good news if you live on Windsor’s westside, your commute to the east end is about to get a lot easier once again. Tenders have come back for the replacement of the College Avenue bridge, and Facca Construction has been awarded the project that will see the bridge deck replaced. The bridge was closed over two years ago for safety reasons, and since then has been a major inconvenience for those who lived around it. The costs to get it open and traffic flowing again came in at $1,222,000.00 and another $30,000 is budget for consulting fees.
One of the complications will be the need to close the rail lines that run bellow it while the old bridge is removed. Those lines run to the rail tunnel to Detroit (pictured above) The only window to carry this out will be over the labor Day weekend, when the holiday is mutual on both sides of the border and there will be no rail traffic. In order to have this done, council will also be asked to approve a noise by-law exemption for that weekend.