Feds announce $12-million for cargo terminal expansion at Port of Windsor

Ontario Construction News staff writer

Up to $12.5 million has been awarded to the Essex Terminal Railway Company for a cargo terminal infrastructure expansion project at the Port of Windsor.

The project includes building a new warehouse and expanding the shorewall in an effort to shift the transportation of goods from trucks to trains and ships and reduce pollution and congestion along the Highway 401 corridor.

Changes will make it easier to move steel and aluminum products and attract potential new exports, prevent shoreline erosion and reduce the risk of flooding due to rising lake water levels caused by climate change. Work will also enable the possibility of building a new cargo dock in the future that can be used for different purposes.

“This significant federal investment grows jobs and solidifies Port Windsor’s position as a key trade hub at the centre of North American supply chains and electric vehicle and battery manufacturing. This is another critical piece that unlocks our region’s prosperity,” said Irek Kusmierczyk, Windsor–Tecumseh MP.

The National Trade Corridors Fund is a competitive, merit-based program designed to help infrastructure owners and users invest in the critical transportation assets that support economic activity in Canada. A total of $4.6 billion over 11 years (2017-2028) has been allocated to the program.

“This is transformational for our region… Short-sea container shipping on the Great Lakes, and soon to be at Port Windsor, will relieve congestion in the supply chain, reduce GHG’s, and increase access to world markets for industry in Windsor and Essex County,” said Steve Salmonsm president and chief executive officer, Windsor Port Authority.



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