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Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, Detroit

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3.3/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web
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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  • Pretty much what the title says. It's easy to get past and beautiful. Glossy tiles on the walls and roof, lighting is great and even gives you a nice feeling. 
  • Perfectly located for getting into the heart of downtown Detroit. Efficient and luckily kind staff. The only issue is the fee to cross is not cheap $5 US 
  • Why is this on here? The tunnel just gets you from Point A to B. Nothing special what so ever. And border crossing sucks, no one likes it. 
  • 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."
  • A much better alternative to the bridge. Traffic always moves at a good pace. It is much cheaper. I highly recommend the tunnel card if you are a frequent user. The discount is pretty substantial when you cross frequently.
  • Always a crap shoot as to how long it will take to get thru customs. Watch for the flags on the walls in the tunnel, delineating the international border.
  • This is how I get to work. I'm so happy it exists and offers competition at lower prices than the ambassador bridge
  • takes forever getting through. I always get stopped and searched. Took and hour once!
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