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Thursday October 15th, 2015

Posted at 10:37am

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The owners of the Ambassador Bridge are firing back after City of Windsor officials closed three streets under the structure due to safety concerns.

In a news release issued Thursday, bridge officials said “The City Government in Windsor is now taunting us by criticizing the age of our bridge while simultaneously objecting to any major replacement or repairs.”

“It needs to be said that the City of Windsor has worked very hard to delay and object to a complete rebuild of this section of the bridge,” said bridge officials. “The work was to have been performed this past summer. If the city found a genuine issue in need of repair that our engineer has missed, we’ll take care of it.”

The City closed Wyandotte Street West under the bridge on Friday October 9th. City of Windsor officials said Wednesday afternoon that they were closing Donnelly Street and Peter Street and keeping Wyandotte Street West closed — all between Huron Church Road and Indian Road — until further notice.

“We are not aware of any incidents linked to the city’s concerns,” the Bridge Company’s statement continued. “The major rebuild should be allowed to proceed.”

The City said a visual inspection was performed on the underside of the bridge over all street crossings by structural engineers from a consulting engineering firm and the additional closures were recommended as a public safety measure.

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