Wixom-Based Toebe Construction Awarded Detroit-Windsor Tunnel Contract
Renovations to close Detroit-Windsor Tunnel starting Oct. 20
- Tunnel to close starting Oct. 20.
- Most work will take place at night.
- $21.6 million renovation includes masonry, electrical, ceiling upgrades
The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel will close regularly for eight months of renovation work starting Oct. 20.
Detroit-Windsor Tunnel LLC and Windsor Detroit Tunnel Corp. said in late August they plan to start the third and final phase of a $21.6 million upgrade to the popular commuter route between Detroit and Canada.
Detroit-based American Roads LLC manages the tunnel, including all construction, under a lease with the city of Detroit, according to a news release.
The project started in January; masonry and electrical work is complete, the release said. Crews will begin replacing the 87-year-old tunnel's ceiling slab in October and expect to finish renovations in mid-June.
The final phase of work was awarded to Wixom-based Toebe Construction LLC, which will repair about 4,000 feet of ceiling, and WSP Michigan, which will oversee the job. The ceiling work will cost $18.5 million.
The tunnel hasn't experienced a major, traffic-changing renovation since a $50 million project in 1993. It included resurfacing the nearly milelong roadway and adding video surveillance and new lighting.
About 12,000 vehicles per day and 5 million per year use the tunnel. The series of shutdowns will lead to $588,226 in toll revenue losses, equivalent to 150,000 vehicles, Detroit-Windsor Tunnel President and CEO Neal Belitsky told Crain's in August.
The tunnel will reopen on holidays and for some special events.