Land purchase for Canadian inspection plaza and Canada's portion of new bridge

The new border crossing system between Windsor and Detroit became one step closer on July 20, 2009, with the announcement by the Government of Canada that it had purchased approximately 94 acres of land needed for the new Canadian inspection plaza and Canada’s portion of the six-lane bridge. The purchase, from the City of Windsor, included some public roadways and cost $34 million.

This land purchase represents the largest single block of land needed to build a new inspection plaza and six-lane bridge.

The Canadian inspection plaza is bounded by Broadway Street on the south side; Chappus Street on the north side; the Detroit River on the west side; and the Essex Terminal Railway line on the east side. The plaza itself will have a surface area of about 139 acres, making this inspection plaza one of the largest in North America.