FBCL BLUE WATER BRIDGE REHABILITATION PROJECT
The U.S.-bound span (First Blue Water Bridge) will be closed to traffic beginning July 5, 2023 for rehabilitation work. The work is expected to be finished by October 5, 2023. To minimize impact and disruption, the Canada-bound span (Second Blue Water Bridge) will become bi-directional and remain operational during construction. The rehabilitation work is not expected to have significant traffic disruptions to travellers or to the local community.
The Canada-bound span (Second Blue Water Bridge) will be used to accommodate international traffic in both directions during the project. The north lane will be open to traffic from Canada to U.S. across the bridge, and the south and middle lanes will be open to traffic from the U.S. to Canada. All of the toll lanes will remain open as traffic approaches the toll plazas at each end of the bridge.
The Blue Water Bridge is an essential economic link between Canada and the United States. This important project continues the commitment between The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited (FBCL) and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to maintain and preserve the safety and reliability of the Blue Water Bridge. Helping to minimize and manage short-term traffic delays for cross-border travellers is an integral part of the project.
Reduced lane access during the project will prevent the availability of a dedicated lane for NEXUS and F.A.S.T. motorists, as well as for buses. Wide loads will be restricted to less than 3.35 metres (11 ft).
The FBCL and MDOT have been seeking input and assistance from local border security and public safety agencies to ensure that the most efficient traffic plans are incorporated into this project. Traffic flow and sign placement are being developed to help reduce delays and keep vehicles moving safely. As well, staff from all agencies are refining their daily traffic management procedures to promote the efficient flow of vehicles during the project, while also maintaining emergency vehicle access.
The FBCL encourages travellers to take advantage of the 24-hour live traffic camera feed when planning their trip across the bridge and thanks them for their patience. Follow @BlueWaterBridge on Twitter for frequent traffic wait time updates.
See link below for FBCL full media release in regards to the upcoming project.
TOW ZONE PILOT ON SECTIONS OF GREATER TORONTO AREA HIGHWAYSThe Ministry of Transportation has launched a restricted towing zones pilot on sections of provincial highways in the Greater Toronto Area. If you need assistance in a restricted towing zone:
- Call 911 if it is an emergency or if you are in a travelled lane and cannot safely move your vehicle to a safe location
- Call 511 if you are in a safe location and you need a tow (select the option for the Tow Zone Pilot)
- Only call 511 if you are in a restricted towing zone on a provincial highway (see map below).
ONTARIO 511 APPThe Ontario 511 app is now available to all drivers and includes additional features:
• Track my snow plow which will allow drivers to track the location of snow plows and salt trucks on provincial highways in Ontario
• Winter road condition information so drivers can see which roads are clear or covered in snow
• Weather warnings from Environment Canada to alert drivers of upcoming storms
• Up-to-date information on rest areas across the province
The app also provides footage from over 600 cameras and includes up-to-date traffic information on construction, collisions and road closures. The Ontario 511 app is available for free on the App Store and Google Play.