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When this thing really gets going I'm expecting to see a discovery channel special on it. It really is a Mega Project
For sure!!! It would make a great TV special and definitely there really should be a mega project show for it!

I've been seeing a lot of dump trucks on the expressway as well as alot of 18 wheelers on the expressway trying to avoid the project.
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Where is this area on google maps? I like the houses
The area shown in the picture is the area contained in the red circle on Google maps. Pay attention to the layout of the streets and you'll notice the pictures is looking E-SE, and Google maps has a normal N,E,S,W orientation.





The houses you like are in the upper left portion of the circle, where the street that looks like a little triangle on the perimeter of the circle is located.
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Its really interesting to see this come together? has anyone noticed if the grade separation has started yet?
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Harper vows that DRIC bridge will be built before he leaves office:

http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2012/04...will-be-built/

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper has offered a guarantee the $1-billion government-backed Windsor Detroit bridge will soon get built.

He predicted Monday the Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) downriver bridge will proceed “before I leave office.”

Harper made the remark during a question and answer session in Washington in the wake of the one-day North American Leaders Summit, according to the Toronto Star.

The DRIC bridge project has been delayed for months after being rejected last fall by a state Senate committee in Lansing.

Political approval in Michigan remains the last major hurdle before construction can begin on the crossing which would link the industrial communities of Brighton Beach and Delray.

Canada has offered Michigan up to $550 million to pay for its share of the project, but state politicians have been heavily lobbied by Ambassador Bridge billionaire owner Matty Moroun and so far refused to give approval.

Harper during his response also described opposition by the Moroun family as “ludicrous.”
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Harper vows that DRIC bridge will be built before he leaves office:

http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2012/04...will-be-built/
I saw this today. At the same time I want to say that we've seen this kind of talk from many people how many times? I do believe the new bridge should be built, but I'm at a point where I'll believe it when I see them putting shovels in the ground.
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I wish it wasn't about Ego and money on the other side of the river. Its no big secrete that people are being paid off by the bridge company, and we know that if the republicans want it, them Dems will never go for it and vise versa. Its frustrating polotics, If one side wants it, the other side will vote it down simple to do so, and we lose in the end. Its great to see Harper back it but since the bridge would land in the US, it would be more comforting if we could hear Obama back it.
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I wish it wasn't about Ego and money on the other side of the river. Its no big secrete that people are being paid off by the bridge company, and we know that if the republicans want it, them Dems will never go for it and vise versa. Its frustrating polotics, If one side wants it, the other side will vote it down simple to do so, and we lose in the end. Its great to see Harper back it but since the bridge would land in the US, it would be more comforting if we could hear Obama back it.
I think that the Democrats in Michigan will actually pass it if the Republicans do as well. They have supported this crossing for a long time, it's the Republlicans that have blocked it's passage every time. It looks like it will actually get passed soon according to many sources. Let's keep our fingers crossed.
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I think that the Democrats in Michigan will actually pass it if the Republicans do as well. They have supported this crossing for a long time, it's the Republlicans that have blocked it's passage every time. It looks like it will actually get passed soon according to many sources. Let's keep our fingers crossed.
I agree.
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Update

video source: www.windsorstar.com

http://www.windsorstar.com/videos/ne...5lNhUCfyK_uJ3t

Also a story update from the same source

http://www.windsorstar.com/Pile+driv...774/story.html

Pile driving is going to start soon....

I think they have to drive approximately 5000 piles for this entire project.

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Old Posted Apr 11, 2012, 11:43 AM
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Holy mackeral! Check out this article talking about how the parkway project managers are talking about how they need to dump 100,000 trucks of dirt in an area of Tecumseh during the project. That's a lot of dirt!!

source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windso...x-parkway.html

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Parkway wants to dump 100K trucks of dirt in Tecumseh

Tecumseh town council was caught off guard Tuesday night by a request from the Windsor-Essex Parkway.

Officials with the massive infrastructure project want permission to dump a lot of dirt on land in the town.

They requested to dump 100,000 truckloads — that's 1.3 million cubic metres — of excess clay material on a site just south of Highway 3 near the Oldcastle Sideroad.

Three parcels of land are being acquired and consolidated by the parkway. The area covers almost 60 hectares.

Once the road to a new border crossing is built, the dump site would be landscaped and turned into a park for the town.

Mayor Gary McNamara said council put the brakes on giving its permission.

He said there are too many unanswered questions and people living nearby are concerned.

"This is Class 1 farmland. What impact is it going to have in the general area? Who's going to maintain that legacy of that park? How are we going to deal with wildlife in that area?" the mayor said.

McNamara said meetings with all the partners, including the neighbours, the county, the conservation authority and province will be held to get answers to the concerns before council makes a final decision.

"There are so many unanswered questions that, in good conscience, council can't make that particular decision. We need some research," the mayor said.
We never seem worried about building strip malls and big box stores on 'Class 1 farmland'.

I think if they use the dirt and build a ski hill that would be fantastic. I have no idea if that's enough dirt to do the job or not, but it sounds like they plan on doing something slightly different with the dirt. Either way, it sounds like a lot of dirt.

A similar story from The Windsor Star

source: http://www.windsorstar.com/news/Tecu...239/story.html

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Tecumseh balks at plans for Windsor-Essex Parkway dirt

TECUMSEH, Ont. -- The Ontario Ministry of Transportation never had a plan for how it would dispose of 1.3 million cubic metres of clay from the Windsor-Essex Parkway and instead relied on the excavator contractor to solve the problem at the last minute, the company said Tuesday.

Cindy Prince, vice-president of development for Amico, told Tecumseh council that she was surprised the province never planned for disposal of the dirt. Amico realized early last year that it was supposed to find fill sites for the clay.

"It was a conscious decision by the MTO to let the (successful bidder) solve the issue," she said.

More than 3.9 million cubic metres of soil will be unearthed to dig the six-lane, below-grade parkway. Half of the earth will be used to build embankments and drains, while another 250,000 cubic metres is going to the closed Maidstone landfill. Parkway officials need to find a fill site soon and proposed Tuesday using 146 acres of farmland off Highway 3 in Oldcastle.

For three years 100,000 trucks will travel from Walker Road, east along Highway 3 to the trailhead of the Chrysler Greenway, go south along a farm road, dump dirt and then travel along the rear of the property west back to Walker Road. The site was partially chosen because it's less than two kilometres from parkway construction.

Prince called the dump site a gift rather than a burden and an opportunity for the town because after the hauling is done it will be turned into a park.

"We aren't just putting a big pile of dirt and leaving," Prince said. "We'll help develop a park."

Councillors balked at being told at the last minute they needed to approve zoning changes so that prime agricultural land could be converted to accommodate mounds of dirt.

"Asking us to approve anything tonight is a pipe dream," Coun. Rita Ossington said.

Deputy Mayor Cheryl Hardcastle complained that Prince's presentation made it appear the dump site was a done deal.

"What do we get to approve and what is being shoved down our throats?" Hardcastle said. "Are we a rubber stamp or can we refuse this?"

Larry Rau owns a horse farm immediately east of the proposed fill site. His training track is not far from where the trucks would rumble down a farm road. Rau said he likes the peace and quiet of his property and is too old to live through three years of dust and noise disruption.

"Every Saturday my grandkids and I ride our bikes around the training track," he said. "They don't have to worry about cars. We go to the back bush and listen to the birds and frogs."

Rau said he fears his peaceful way of life will be disrupted by trucks hauling dirt six days a week.

One young woman who just bought her dream home on Highway 3 broke down crying as she asked how she'll deal with the trucks and dirt with her small children.

Council didn't approve any zoning change Tuesday, so the project can't yet move ahead.

Amico hasn't met with residents yet and plans a public meeting for Monday at the Ciociaro Club.
I took a few minutes to map the location of where all this dirt will be dumped.


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Some more picture updates on the parkway progress.

source: http://windsorite.ca/2012/04/border-...-from-roadway/



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If you drive along Huron Church or Highway 3, you may notice that you can now see excavation work taking place for the Windsor-Essex Parkway’s tunnels.

Tunnels T7 and T10B on the southwest side of Highway 3 are currently being excavated and work on Bridge B10 in the same area has began.




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Great pics! Thanks for sharing!
Np haljackey! I know you're the highway specialist!
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Take an aerial flight (a bit shakey) over the Windsor Essex Parkway.

http://www.windsorstar.com/news/Vide...778/story.html
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Pile driving starts.



source: http://windsorite.ca/2012/04/border-...on-we-parkway/

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Noisy pile driving operations on the W-E Parkway route have begun.

A pile driver is working to bury steel piles into bedrock to support “Bridge B-10″ at the side of Highway 3.

Bridge B-10 will carry Highway 3 traffic over the new Windsor-Essex Parkway.

The bridge will be located between Huron Church Line and Gereadts Street (St. Clair College) and is 292 metres long. One-hundred and fifty piles will be driven over the next six to eight weeks.
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Strong words from Gov. Rick Snyder regarding the DRIC bridge:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWmSah_rxXI
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Very cool! That's the fastest I've seen construction crew move in Essex County!!
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Breaking News

Some breaking news.

source: http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2012/05...-this-morning/



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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder made an unannounced trip to downtown Windsor this morning, meeting with high-level Canadian officials intent on getting a new bridge built between the two countries, sources report.

“History in the making,” one source told The Star today of the meeting within the CIBC building, where Transport Canada has an office. Sources reported that in addition to Snyder, U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Jacobson as well as Canada’s Minister of Transportation Denis Lebel were present.

Another source said the meeting was intended to be confidential.

Snyder is committed to get the bridge built, and Canadian and Ontario officials are on board, but approval has been delayed in the Michigan legislature. There have been suggestions Snyder may attempt some sort of end-run around the legislature to get the bridge built.

Outside the CIBC building, at Ouellette Avenue and Riverside Drive, was a large black SUV with Michigan plates.

When asked to comment on the high-level meeting in his city, Mayor Eddie Francis replied: “No comment.”
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