New Crosswalks, Buses, Bike Lanes, Included Among 10 Infrastructure Projects Approved For Windsor & Tecumseh

Tuesday July 7th, 2020

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One of Windsor’s newer pedestrian crosswalks is seen in this file photo from 2018.

Ten new infrastructure projects are starting soon in Windsor and Essex County after a project funding announcement by the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada.

Irek Kusmierczyk, MP for Windsor-Tecumseh, Rick Nicholls, MPP for Chatham-KentLeamington, Drew Dilkens, Mayor of Windsor, and Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh, announced funding for the projects on Tuesday morning.

The projects will be funded through joint federal, provincial, and municipal funding through the federal government’s Investing in Canada infrastructure plan.

The federal government’s share includes more than $12.6 million, while the province is contributing more than $10.5 million. The City of Windsor is contributing more than $25.1 million and the Town of Tecumseh is contributing $580,314.

“Investing in modern public transit systems that are better connected to active transportation networks is essential to building the healthy, sustainable communities of tomorrow,” said Kusmierczyk. “Important upgrades to Windsor’s transit fleet as well as improvements to bike pathways and sidewalks in both Windsor and Tecumseh will make it easier for residents to access the services they need.”

Projects include 19 new Transit Windsor buses to replace 16 aging buses, 100 new bus shelters across Windsor, the construction of new sidewalks, pathways, bike lanes, including bike lanes and accessible sidewalks on Grand Marais Road, 3 new pedestrian crosswalks on Drouillard, Lauzon and University, and a 3km multipurpose pathway in Tecumseh.

Here’s the full list of projects:

2019 Road Rehabilitation V – Grand Marais Road – Dougall Avenue to Dominion Boulevard

Construction of over four km of bicycle lanes and accessible sidewalks on Grand Marais Road. This will improve accessibility by connecting South Windsor to the Dominion Transit Windsor route, as well as connecting Grand Marais road with existing transit stops.

Federal Funding: $139,231, Provincial Funding: $116,014, Municipal / Other Funding: $3,267,832

Sidewalk Rehabilitation & Active Transportation Improvements

Rehabilitation and improvement of over 14 km of sidewalk to better link Windsor residents to the transit system, providing increased accessibility.

Federal Funding: $2,257,248, Provincial Funding: $1,880,852, Municipal / Other Funding: $1,505,020

Replacement of existing rolling stock vehicles (16 buses) and purchase of new vehicles (3 buses)

Purchase of 19 new buses (replacing 16 buses that have exceeded their useful life and adding 3 more buses to the fleet), will improve customer experience and reliability of service.

Federal Funding: $5,584,359, Provincial Funding: $4,653,167, Municipal / Other Funding: $3,930,063

Pedestrian Crossover Installation in Three Locations

Installation of three pedestrian crossings at the following locations: Drouillard Road at Richmond Street; University Avenue West at Patricia Street; and Lauzon Road at Clairview Avenue. This will provide better accessibility and safety for pedestrians.

Federal Funding: $90,000, Provincial Funding: $74,993, Municipal / Other Funding: $60,008

Cabana Corridor Improvements Phase 3 & 4 – Cabana Road West from Dougall Avenue to Rankin Avenue

Construction and rehabilitation of over three km of designated bike lanes and over three km of sidewalks along the Cabana Road corridor. This will improve access to the public transit system.

Federal Funding: $939,915, Provincial Funding: $783,184, Municipal / Other Funding: $12,208,056

Construction of Dougall Avenue including Bike lanes and Sidewalks

Construction of 220 metres of new bike lanes and sidewalks on each side of Dougall Avenue, between Ouellette Place and Eugenie Street. This will improve access to the public transit system.

Federal Funding: $51,216, Provincial Funding: $42,675, Municipal / Other Funding: $1,881,680

Transit Route Access Improvements

Construction of four active transportation corridors (consisting of sidewalks, bicycle lanes, multi-use trails and pedestrian bridges) located on existing transit routes throughout the City. This will improve the accessibility of the system for users.

Federal Funding: $793,320, Provincial Funding: $661,034, Municipal / Other Funding: $528,946

Implementation of Transit Windsor’s Master Plan To Create and Support An Improved Overall Transit System (Phase I).

A design study to evaluate the costs of improving various aspects of the public transit system, as well as the installation of new signage and decals for the re-branding of the transit system, and new route scheduling software and an intelligent transportation system. This will improve the quality of the public transit system.

Federal Funding: $1,527,954, Provincial Funding: $1,273,167, Municipal / Other Funding: $1,075,316

Transit Terminals, Bus Shelters and Customer Amenities

Development of a design study to inform upgrades to various components of transit stops throughout the City ; (including the procurement and installation of 100 new passenger shelters; upgrading existing passenger shelters; accessible design upgrades for multiple transit stops; new bike facilities and new signage at various transit stops).

Federal Funding: $1,000,000, Provincial Funding: $833,250, Municipal / Other Funding: $666,750

Construction of an off-road multi-purpose pathway to link to Tecumseh Transit System

Construction of a new, three km multi-purpose pathway that will link Tecumseh Hamlet to the Tecumseh Transit Service. This will improve access to the public transit system.

Federal Funding: $254,509, Provincial Funding: $212,108, Municipal / Other Funding: $580,314

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