Detroit-Windsor Tunnel to Close for Select Days During Renovations

The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel is undergoing additional repairs as part of its $22 million renovation project. The tunnel will close on March 5, March 12, March 19, March 26, April 16, April 23 and April 30 between the hours of 9 PM and 5 AM. Renovations on the tunnel began in 2017 and included repairs on the concrete ceiling, electrical work, and general maintenance. All repairs will help the tunnel continue to operate in peak condition, serving 12,000 daily and 4 million annual customers.

“The project was designed to extend the life of the tunnel, a critical resource of commerce between two nations, connecting the greater Detroit and Windsor areas,” said Neal Belitsky, Detroit-Windsor Tunnel president.

“Our goal has always been to minimize disruptions as much as possible while keeping travelers safe,” Belitsky said. “Limiting tunnel closures to off-hours during this important renovation work has helped us do that, and we greatly appreciate the patience and understanding of our nighttime customers.”

Renovations to the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel are co-funded by Detroit-Windsor Tunnel LLC and Windsor-Detroit Borderlink Limited. The tunnel has operated under American Roads, a Detroit-based company since 1998. The lease agreement for the tunnel will run through 2048. $65 million has gone into the sprawling infrastructure, including renovations in 2015.

About the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel

The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel opened to traffic on November 3, 1930, and is the only international, vehicular, subaqueous border crossing in the world. The tunnel is 5,160 feet (1,573 meters) long and is one of the 15 busiest border crossings and serves more than 4 million vehicles each year. That makes the tunnel a key player in the economic health of our region and one of the most important border crossings between the United States and Canada. It has also been recognized as one of the great engineering wonders of the world. Located between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, connecting the U.S. interstates to Ontario’s Highway 401, it is one of the fastest links between the two countries.

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