Transport Canada orders emergency repairs to Ambassador Bridge

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Transport Canada orders emergency repairs to Ambassador Bridge

Bridge connecting Windsor, Ont., to Detroit, among busiest border crossings between Canada and U.S.

The Canadian Press Posted: Sep 03, 2016 10:58 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 03, 2016 10:58 PM ET

The Detroit city skyline is seen behind the Ambassador Bridge, an international border-crossing linking Windsor, Ont., with Detroit. Transport Canada has ordered the company responsible for the bustling border crossing to make emergency repairs.

The Detroit city skyline is seen behind the Ambassador Bridge, an international border-crossing linking Windsor, Ont., with Detroit. Transport Canada has ordered the company responsible for the bustling border crossing to make emergency repairs. (Rebecca Cook/Reuters)

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Transport Canada says it has found safety deficiencies on the Canadian side of one of the busiest border crossings with the United States.

The agency says the deficiencies concern a section of railings and curbs on the Ambassador Bridge, which connects Windsor, Ont. to Detroit.

Transport Canada said Saturday that it issued an emergency directive to Canadian Transit Company, which owns the bridge.

It has called for temporary concrete barriers between traffic and the outside curb as a safety precaution.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau says he hopes the Canadian Transit Company will do everything it can to speed repair work.

“The safety of the Ambassador Bridge is of critical importance, and I support the measures taken by my department to protect public safety,” Garneau said in a statement. “Should action not be taken in a timely manner, I will not hesitate to take additional safety measures.”

The Ambassador Bridge is the second-largest land border port of entry for total traveller volumes into Canada and the busiest in terms of commercial vehicles.

With files from CBC News

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Transport Canada orders emergency repairs to Ambassador Bridge

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