Falling concrete from Ambassador Bridge reported in Windsor

In Windsor some streets are shut down near the Ambassador Bridge due to concrete falling from underneath.

One spot on the ambassador bridge, where a chunk on concrete has recently fallen onto the streets of Windsor, now the mayor worries someone will be injured or killed if the bridge continues to crumble.

Windsor officials have been tracking the falling concrete over the past few weeks. The largest chunk they discovered is estimated to weigh 200 pounds.

Mayor Drew Dilkens says the crumbling concrete has been an unanswered issue for years.

"It's frustrating because the Ambassador Bridge continues to try and put the responsibility back on the city of Windsor," he said. "We don't own the bridge. We don't have the responsibility to maintain and repair the bridge. It's their responsibility to do that."

Until further notice several roads and sidewalks under the bridge will remain closed. Dilkens says there is little he can do to fix the bridge, but he's doing what he can. On Thursday he called out Canadian federal inspectors Thursday to survey the damage.

"We can't issue orders for them to repair, only Transport Canada can," said Dilkens. "Now we're awaiting more information from transport Canada."

A Detroit International Bridge Company spokesperson responded with a statement that said:

"The city of Windsor has worked hard to delay the project. The game of holding the Ambassador Bridge rebuild work at bay until the government can get their bridge built is a dangerous one. We are not aware of any incidents linked to the city's concerns. The city government in Windsor is now taunting us by criticizing the age of our bridge while simultaneously objecting to any major replacement or repairs."

However Dilkens says the proof is right here.

"That concrete falling from 60 to 70 feet above your head would be enough to seriously harm or kill someone," he said.

Plans are still in the works for a second bridge, but Dilkens says either way, this bridge will eventually need to be fixed.

"At the end of the day, the Ambassador Bridge has a responsibility to keep that bridge in good working condition," Dilkens said.
 

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