Windsor

Online survey now open for Gordie Howe bridge community benefits

The bridge authority has opened an online survey for residents on both sides of the border to give their ideas on what they want done in their communities near Gordie Howe.

$20 million to be spent on both sides of the river, $10 million each

An online survey has been launched to get community input on how the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority should spend $20 million in the community benefit plan. (Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority)

The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) and Bridging North America want to know which infrastructure initiatives people in Sandwich Towne and the Delray district of Detroit want to see completed in their neighbourhoods.

The Gordie Howe International Bridge project includes a Community Benefits Plan. Part of that is a $20-million Neighbourhood Infrastructure Strategy to help mitigate bridge's impact on the neighbourhoods.

The WDBA has created an online survey for residents to provide input on how the money should be spent.

"We want to learn from them to find out what they think is important to them and to the community," said Mark Butler, director of communications for the WDBA.

The timeline for the Gordie Howe International Bridge construction. It's expected to be open to public by end of 2024. (Jason Viau/CBC)

Each side of the border will get $10 million.

Since 2015, WDBA has received 230 ideas from the public for spending the money.

"We've had suggestions regarding parks. We've had suggestions doing some street-scaping," said Butler. "The suggestions have been very significant and wide-ranging."

The survey is intended for people in Sandwich Towne and Delray, according to Butler, but not limited to them.

"We're welcoming everyone in the Windsor-Detroit area and beyond to answer our survey," he said.

WDBA will also spend $12 million dollars in Sandwich Towne and $12 million in Delray on street improvements. And on the bridge, there will be a space for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. 

Butler expects a decision on how to spend the infrastructure money made by next April.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dale Molnar

Video Journalist

Dale Molnar is a video journalist at CBC Windsor. He is a graduate of the University of Windsor and has worked in television, radio and print. He has received a number of awards including an RTDNA regional TV news award and a New York Festivals honourable mention.

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