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Detroit-Windsor Tunnel To Close Nightly

Headed to the casino? Take note.

June 03, 2019 - 1:50 pm

(WWJ) Casino lovers, take note: The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel announced today that it will resume nightly closures as work wraps up on its $22 million, two-year renovation project.

The tunnel will close between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays from June 23 to July 19. The tunnel will remain open June 24 to accommodate the International Fireworks display on the Detroit River and will be open July 4-6 for the Independence Day holiday.

These closures are a continuation of the $22 million renovation project necessary to extend the life of this key asset connecting the greater Detroit and Windsor areas, said Neal Belitsky, Detroit-Windsor Tunnel president.

"The work has been substantially completed, and these nightly closures are necessary to complete some of the ancillary work," a spokesperson said in a press release.

The renovations began in January 2017 and included replacement of the 89-year-old tunnel’s concrete ceiling, as well as masonry, electrical work and other infrastructure improvements. The repair work was part of continued maintenance necessary because of natural occurrences tied to an underwater tunnel. 

“We know that thousands of people rely on the tunnel every day, and we would like to thank them for their patience and understanding during this important renovation work,” Belitsky said. “This work was important to ensure that the tunnel will continue to be the premier gateway between Windsor and Detroit for years to come.”

Detroit-Windsor Tunnel is operated by Detroit-based American Roads through a lease with the City of Detroit. That lease commitment began in 1998 and runs through 2040. The company has invested more than $65 million in infrastructure, service, safety and security improvements to the tunnel since entering the agreement with the city. The current renovations come on the heels of improvements to the Detroit and Windsor plazas that were completed in 2015. 

The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel opened to traffic on Nov. 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.