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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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  • We took the tunnel both ways as we went to Canada for dinner. It's smooth and easy to travel. You must go through customs each way, but it just seems easier than taking the bridge.  more »
  • The tunnel is great, the only thing I didn't like when crossing and when the boarder officer questioning me why I am visiting the USA - because of U2 concert - I heard I am weird I travel alone and I ...  more »
  • Not a fan of tunnels and this one rams it to the core that next time I should take the bridge. Oh .... mad about Gordie Howe Bridge and how Canada has to pay for it all. Maybe if someone else drove I ...  more »
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  • Way better then the bridge. I think the people are friendlier because they are not as busy as the bridge.
  • Love the tunnel!! Always faster and customs is always nice!!
  • If you don't have a Canadian or US passport, make sure you have plenty of time to answer all the questions. Also have with you all details about the place you are going.
  • I, for one, love the tunnel. I love driving and knowing that tons of water are rushing above my head. If you're ever trying to cross the border, I recommend the tunnel instead of the bridge. You will save money with the tunnel(currently $9.50USD round-trip to the $10USD for the bridge), and you'll save hours if this is your daily commute.
  • This tunnel is the bee's knees. Just be warned you have to visit customs officials on both sides of the tunnel. These customs officials are some of the nicest people both in terms of customer service and employees of the government bureaucracy. However, try to avoid engaging in humor with them, they seem to not like jokes. One time they asked if I have any outstanding warrants. Instead of saying, "No" like I am supposed to; I said as a joke, "Not until the mail man starts to smell it." Looking back I shouldn't have done that because it wasn't even that funny of a joke. The moment I said it, I realized that there was no real comedic effect. Good thing the customs agents pulled me aside for a few hours and I was able to rethink the joke. Through this alone time I was able to tweak the joke to where I should have said, "Riding you mom like the bus and not paying the forty-five cent fee is not a crime, so no."

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