DBi Services begins new Windsor Project

DBi Services begins new Windsor Project (Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway)

DBi Services began startup work December 15 on its new Windsor Project. Officially known as the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway (formerly the Windsor-Essex Parkway), it is named for Herb Gray, a member of the Canadian Parliament from 1997-2002.

This project is currently valued at $1.4B and spans 11 kilometers from end to end, and is a “once-in-a-generation undertaking” that will improve traffic congestion at Canada’s premier trade gateway, from the Detroit River Bridge to Highway 401. This parkway will strengthen transportation and trade links between Canada and the United States and foster economic growth, and eventually upon completion, for the first time, Highway 401 will be connected directly to the US interstate system. This connection will ensure the safe and efficient movement of people, goods and services, provide separate local and international traffic, and eliminate stop-and-go traffic in residential areas.

DBi is responsible for the comprehensive management, operations and asset maintenance including all incident response, emergency management, traffic control and winter operations of this entire corridor. It also includes oversight of the ITS system, 6 stormwater facilities, 11 tunnels and 15 bridges. This project was awarded to DBi for a 15-year term and construction of our new facility will soon begin.

The Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway spans the municipalities of Windsor, LaSalle and Tecumseh in Ontario, Canada, and includes three essential components:

  • a six-lane below-grade freeway, which is an extension of Highway 401
  • a four-lane at-grade service road network, which is an extension of Highway 3
  • 300 acres of green space which will include 20 kilometres of recreational trails, ecological restoration sites and thousands of new native trees and vegetation, and also provides a wildlife link to Ojibway, a corridor for native species

Construction started in 2011 and it is estimated that the project is generating approximately 12,000 jobs by creating business opportunities, attracting new investment and supporting existing industry. The majority of these jobs are in the Windsor-Essex region. It is anticipated that the Parkway will be completed by summer 2015.

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