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Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) Study. Canada-U.S. Law Institute 2008 Annual Conference The World’s Longest Undefended Border: Gateway or Checkpoint? April 18-19, 2008, Cleveland, Ohio Sean O’Dell Executive Director, Windsor Gateway Project, Transport Canada.

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detroit river international crossing dric study

Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) Study

Canada-U.S. Law Institute 2008 Annual Conference

The World’s Longest Undefended Border: Gateway or Checkpoint?

April 18-19, 2008, Cleveland, Ohio

Sean O’Dell

Executive Director, Windsor Gateway Project, Transport Canada

why a border transportation partnership
Why A Border Transportation Partnership
  • Need for long-term capacity increase
  • Within the mandates of:
    • U.S. Federal Highway Administration
    • Transport Canada
    • Michigan Dep’t of Transportation
    • Ontario Ministry of Transportation
  • Both countries must agree on location of new crossing to

make it happen!

the dric study
The DRIC Study
  • As part of its long-term strategy, the Partnership is conducting a study to provide for the safe, efficient and secure movement of people and goods across the border.
  • For three years, teams of experts in Canada and the U.S. have been working on the Detroit River International Crossing Study (DRIC).
  • We are making excellent progress!
purpose of the dric study
Purpose of the DRIC Study

The DRIC study is addressing regional transportation and mobility needs:

  • New border crossing capacity to meet long-term demand
  • Improved system connectivity to enhance flow of people and goods
  • Improved border operations and processing capabilities
  • Reasonable, secure crossing options (redundancy)

We are seeking solutions that will minimize community and environmental impacts.

detroit windsor a vital link
Detroit-Windsor: A Vital Link
  • Approximately 28% of U.S.-Canada surface trade: more than $130 billion.
  • Over 80% of all goods crossing the Detroit River are carried by truck.
  • Need to protect transportation services: more than 3.5 million trucks and 10 million cars cross each year.
  • Significant to the economies of two nations.
ohio canada trade stats
Ohio-Canada Trade Stats
  • Ohio exported $18 billion to Canada and imported $15.3 billion from Canada in 2006.
  • Canada is Ohio’s largest export market, with trade almost equivalent to the state’s export sales to all other countries combined.
  • 276,500 Ohio jobs are supported by U.S. - Canada trade.
  • Canadians made more than 507,600 visits to Ohio in 2006, spending over $100 million (USD).
  • In turn, Ohio residents made 706,600 visits to Canada, spending $280 million.
environmental assessment a coordinated approach
Environmental Assessment – A Coordinated Approach

The Partnership has developed a coordinated process that is:

  • thorough, open and transparent;
  • fully accessible to the public.

On both sides of the border, this coordinated process will:

  • enable joint selection of a recommended river crossing that meets

environmental requirements;

  • ensure environmental concerns and community impacts are

addressed.

broad consultation throughout the project
Broad Consultation Throughout The Project

U.S.

REGULATORY

AGENCIES

CANADIAN

MUNICIPAL

COUNCILS

U.S. AGENCIES,

MUNICIPALITIES,

PUBLIC

CANADIAN AGENCIES,

MUNICIPALITIES,

PUBLIC

FIRSTNATIONS

U.S. CITY

COUNCILS

U.S.

BORDER

AGENCIES

CDN

REGULATORY

AGENCIES

U.S.

PUBLIC

THE

PARTNERSHIP

CANADIAN

PUBLIC

FEDERALLY

RECOGNIZED

TRIBES

COMMUNITY

CONSULTATION

GROUP

U.S.

PROJECT

TEAM

EXPERTISE

LOCAL

AGENCY

GROUP

MUNICIPAL

ADVISORYGROUP

CANADIAN

PROJECTTEAM

EXPERTISE

CROSSING

OWNERS

OPERATORS

PROPONENTS

LOCAL

ADVISORY

COUNCIL

PRIVATE

SECTOR

ADVISORY

GROUP

CANADIAN

BORDER

AGENCIES

evaluation factors
Evaluation Factors
  • Protection of community and neighborhood characteristics
  • Consistency with existing and planned land use
  • Protection of cultural resources
  • Protection of natural environment
  • Improvements to regional mobility
  • Cost and constructability
environmental assessment key study activities
Environmental Assessment Key Study Activities
  • Developed initial set of crossing alternatives, plaza locations& connecting routes in Canada and the U.S.
  • Defined area of continued analysis
  • Presented specific crossing, plaza and access road options
  • Presented preliminary results of social, economic, environmental and engineering assessments
  • Identify preferred crossing location, plaza locations & connecting routes in Canada and the U.S. (SPRING 2008)
  • Finalize engineering and mitigation measures
  • Complete documentation and submit for approvals
an end to end solution
An End-to-End Solution
  • The Canadian DRIC team faces a distinct challenge:

- to extend the existing Highway 401 to the new border

crossing:

    • new six-lane highway, approximately 9 km (6 miles) in length.
    • several alternatives were considered; at-grade, below grade, tunneled, and ‘Parkway’.
  • Goals are to improve quality of life, to take trucks off city streets, and to improve movement of traffic across the border.
  • All access road alternatives, as well as plaza and crossing alternatives, will be evaluated against seven factors.
parkway option
Parkway Option
  • Addresses the future transportation and mobility needs of the region
  • Responds to local concerns:
    • Covered sections of highway (short tunnels) at 10 locations to improve community connections across the corridor
    • Landscaping to reduce visual impacts
    • Recreational trails for pedestrians, bicycles along & across the corridor
    • Opportunities for gateway entrance features to Canada, Ontario, Windsor/Essex County
next steps
Next Steps
  • Continue to consult with the public
  • Complete the technical and environmental studies
  • Present a single technically and environmentally preferred alternative
    • Spring 2008
  • Submit final study documents to approving agencies
contact
Contact

Sean O’Dell

Executive Director

Windsor Gateway Project

Transport Canada

(613) 991-4702

OdellS@tc.gc.ca

detroit river international crossing study
Detroit River International Crossing Study

www.partnershipborderstudy.com

1-800-900-2649