News Releases

Download PDF versions of the following news releases to read detailed information about the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway.

2015

December 14, 2015 - Ministers Garneau and Del Duca unveil commemorative plaque for the Parkway. English

November 20, 2015 - Highway 401 Section of the New Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway Now Complete. English French

June 25, 2015 - Herb Gray Parkway now 90% Complete. Stretch of Redeveloped Highway 401 Corridor To Open This Weekend. English French

2014

November 7, 2014 - Construction changing local landscape. Progress continues on the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway. English French

2013

November 1, 2013 - Minister’s Statement on the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway.  English French Map

November 1, 2013 - Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Contractor to Replace Girders Manufactured by Freyssinet. Read more.

October 31 , 2013 - Minister's update on Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway. Read more.

October 2, 2013 - WEMG: Unequivocally Stands Behind Safety of Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway. Read more.

October 2, 2013 - Minister's Statement on Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway. Read more. Interim Report of Independent Expert Review Committee. Read more.

August 29, 2013 - Windsor Essex Mobility Group News Release: Update on Scope of Review. Read more.

August 29, 2013 - Ontario News Release: Review of the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway Extended. Read more. 

August 12, 2013 - Windsor Essex Mobility Group Welcomes Review Panel. View news release.

August 12, 2013 - Minister's Statement: Review of Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway begins. View news release.

July 22, 2013 - Minister's Statement on Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway. Read More.

July 22, 2013 – WEMG: Working with local partners to deliver the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway. Read More.

July 19, 2013 A scale model of the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway roundabout was opened at the Children’s Safety Village of Windsor & Essex County. Read More.

2012

December 28, 2012 - 2012 was a great year of progress. Read more. English French

November 28, 2012 - Windsor-Essex Parkway Named After Herb Gray. Read more. 6+3

November 5, 2012 - Roundabout Opens on Windsor-Essex Parkway. Read more.

November 1, 2012 - Statement from the Minister of Economic Development and Innovation on the Defeat of Proposal 6. Read more. English French

June 27, 2012 - A fun and interactive Parkway exhibit was opened at Canada South Science City. Learn more about this family friendly feature.
News Release English French
Backgrounder English French

June 15, 2012 - Bridge Agreement Means More Jobs For Ontario. Read more. English French

February 17, 2012 - Significant Progress on Windsor-Essex Parkway. Read more

January 13, 2012 - Significant progress was made on Windsor border projects in 2011. English French

2011

August 18, 2011 - Official Groundbreaking of the Windsor-Essex Parkway.
News Release: English French
Backgrounder: English French
Fact Sheet – Windsor-Essex Parkway Chronology English French
Fact Sheet – Windsor-Essex Parkway – Did you know English French
Fact Sheet – Delivering the Windsor-Essex Parkway English French
Fact Sheet – What’s Coming Next English French
Watch the video of the announcement

February 4, 2011 - The Windsor Essex Mobility Group (WEMG) has begun preparatory work on the Windsor-Essex Parkway. Read more

2010

December 30, 2010 - Work on The Windsor-Essex Parkway, local roads and border crossings this year helped ease congestion, improve safety and created about 2,000 jobs in the Windsor area. English French

December 17, 2010 - Financial Close Reached on the Windsor-Essex Parkway
News Release
View the announcement
Windsor Essex Mobility Group Partners Backgrounder
Partnering with local businesses Backgrounder
Project Costs of the Windsor-Essex Parkway Backgrounder

November 5, 2010 - Announcement of the Preferred Proponent: English  French. Watch the announcement webcast: Part 1  Part 2  Part 3. Meet the Preferred Proponent video: Windsor Essex Mobility Group.
Check out the sign unveiled: Image  Video.
Windsor-Essex Parkway on Track for 2011: English  French

August 20, 2010 - ‘WE Pay it Forward’ Property Salvage Project Update. Read more.

August 9, 2010 - Request for proposals stage closed for The Windsor-Essex Parkway. Read more English French

July 5, 2010 - ‘WE Pay it Forward’ Kicks off Property Salvage Project. Read more.

June 11, 2010 - URS Canada Inc. wins Consulting Engineers of Ontario award for work on DRIC. Read more

May 14, 2010 - ‘WE Pay it Forward’ Launched. Read more.

April 9, 2010 - Ontario announces improvements to the Windsor-Essex Gateway. Read more English French Project Map

February 17, 2010 - DRIC Traffic Projections Confirmed by Michigan Study. Read more.

2009

December 29, 2009 - Ontario released a request for proposals (RFP) inviting companies short-listed to design, build, finance and maintain The Windsor-Essex Parkway to submit formal proposals. Read more Backgrounder: Short-listed team members for The Windsor-Essex Parkway. Read more.

December 22, 2009 - A Historic Year for Windsor Border Improvements. Read more. Backgrounder - Windsor Border Transportation Projects-2009 Year in Review English

December 3, 2009 - Transport Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the Windsor Port Authority have approved the Federal CEAA Screening Report prepared by the Partnership.
Read the Notice of Decision English French
Read the Federal News Release English French
Read the Provincial News Release English French

November 13, 2009 - Ontario takes next steps to acquire property for the Parkway.
News Release English French
Backgrounder English French

October 8, 2009 - Ontario announced the companies short-listed to submit proposals to build The Windsor-Essex Parkway. News Release
Backgrounder - Evaluation Process
Backgrounder - Building the Right Solution

August 24, 2009 - Ontario announced approval of provincial Environmental Assessment under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. Read more.
Backgrounder

July 8, 2009 - Transport Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the Windsor Port Authority invite public comment on the Draft Federal CEAA Screening Report prepared by the Partnership. Read more English French

July 8, 2009 - MTO Demolishes Vacant Properties in South Windsor. Read more. English French

June 29, 2009 - The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Ontario released a Request For Qualifications (RFQ) to pre-qualify and shortlist teams to design, build, finance and maintain The Windsor-Essex Parkway Project. Read More.

March 24, 2009 - DRIC provided responses to MOE on comments received during the EA Report comment period. English French

March 24, 2009 - DRIC provided timely response to MOE Comments. Read more English French

January 16, 2009 - Canadian Study Team Welcomes Michigan Announcement. The Canadian lead of the DRIC study team welcomes Michigan Department of Transportation's announcement that the U.S. federal government has approved a new crossing of the Detroit River at Detroit. Read More.

January 15, 2009 - The Facts About Air Quality and The Windsor-Essex Parkway. The DRIC study team wants the public in Windsor and Essex County to know the facts about the technical reports on air quality submitted to the Minister of the Environment on December 31, 2008 as part of the project's Environmental Assessment. Read more English French 

January 12, 2009 - DRIC Wants You to Know the Facts. The Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) study team wants the public in Windsor and Essex County to know the facts about the technical reports that were submitted as part of the Environmental Assessment to the Minister of the Environment on December 31, in particular the reports on air quality and human health, as many questions have recently arisen on these topics. Read more English French

January 2, 2009 - Detroit River International Crossing Study Team Files Ontario Environmental Assessment Report. Click here to learn more English French

2008

June 18, 2008 - The Detroit River International Crossing study team announced the Technically and Environmentally Preferred location of the new international bridge and inspection plaza.

May 1, 2008 - The Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) study team announced the Technically and Environmentally Preferred Alternative for an access road extending Highway 401 to a new inspection plaza and international crossing leading to Interstate 75 in Michigan. The plaza and crossing locations will be announced later this spring. Transportation Investments in Windsor and Essex County Investing in Windsor and Essex County Memorandum of Understanding for the development of the Ontario-Quebec Continental Gateway and Trade Corridor