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Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, Detroit

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The Detroit–Windsor Tunnel is a highway tunnel connecting Detroit, Michigan in the United States, with Windsor, Ontario in Canada. It is the second busiest crossing between the United States and Canada.HistoryConstructionThe Detroit–Windsor Tunnel was built by the firm Parsons, Klapp, Brinckerhoff and Douglas . The executive engineer was Burnside A. Value, the engineer of design was Norwegian-American engineer Søren Anton Thoresen, while fellow Norwegian-American Ole Singstad consulted, and designed the ventilation.The method used to construct the tunnel was immersed tube, as was done in the earlier Posey Tube. The tunnel sections have three main levels. The bottom level brings in fresh air under pressure, which is forced into the mid level, where the traffic lanes are located, and the third level is where the engine exhaust is forced into and vented at each end of the tunnel. Total cost of construction was approximately $25 million US dollars.The river section of the tunnel was connected to bored tunnels on both banks. The tubes were then covered over in the trench by 4to of mud. Because the tunnel essentially sits on the river bottom, there is a wide no-anchor zone enforced on river traffic.The tunnel is 120ft short of a mile at 5160ft. At its lowest point, the two-lane roadway is 75ft below the river surface.
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  • I went to the casino in windor and used the bridge to cross over but after being told it was faster and closer after leaving the casino to take the tunnel and cheaper too, I was hit by a big suprise. ...  more »
  • The tunnel to Windsor Ontario from detroit was built in the 30's and is always being upgraded. I teresting drive both ways. No trucks or motorcycles allowed as it is only 2 lanes wide and the lanes ar...  more »
  • This tunnel is historic. You go down in the tunnel under the Detroit River and appear in the light into another country. I have taken it several times and each time is a fun experience.  more »
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  • The tunnel is hands down much better than the bridge! Generally, there is no more than a 10 minute delay when going through customs on either side of the border. Have all your documents ready when speaking with agents and things usually are smooth. I've been randomly selected for additional screening once before and it was relatively quick.
  • My first time to visit Detroit and was longing to see the tunnel and the ambassador bridge. Never before seen such breathtaking human architecture. A place worthy visiting more often
  • Cool way to cross to Canada from Detroit. The bridge is located a few minutes west. Cost is $5 to use the tunnel or bridge.
  • Now I know why the tunnels backs up. I was one of those lucky lottery winners that caused the patrol officer to shut the gait dowm, escort me and my husband to the biulding, and made sure that we had a clear sense of why we were being detained. I was treated more than fair. Everyone who was working had a professional attitude, even a smile or two occasionally. I was detained for about an hour. When I was leaving, I was wished a happy birthday, and I felt safe and grateful for all of the fine patrol officers that truly make our border safe. THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE
  • Quick and simple experience crossing over to Canada for the first time. Straightforward. Make sure you have a passport and be ready to tell the border officer where you are going (and why), and what you are taking with you. Don't joke around with them either.

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