DETROIT (WJBK) - About 12,000 daily users will have to take the Ambassador Bridge in order to get to Canada.
The Detroit to Windsor tunnel will be undergoing renovation work including ceiling tiles and infrastructure improvements. The tunnel will remain closed until 5:30 a.m. on Oct. 30, although periodic closures will continue.
There will be no Transit Windsor bus service because the processing area on the US Customs Plaza side is inadequate, according to the website. All regular tunnel bus service or special event service will not be available.
Work is scheduled to wrap up in June, 2018 with nightly closures Sunday-Thursday nights as part of a $16.8 million construction project.
The tunnel will be closed as follows:
Oct. 20 to 30: The tunnel will close at 8 p.m. on Oct. 20 through 5:30 a.m. on Oct. 30.
Oct. 30 to November 22: The tunnel will be closed from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights.
Nov. 23-26: The tunnel will be open to traffic.
Nov. 27 to Dec. 23: The tunnel will be closed from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Sunday to Thursday nights
Dec. 23 to Jan. 1, 2018: The tunnel will be open to traffic.
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) enabled documents helps reduce the time it takes to process travelers at the border. Land border travelers may use a variety of documents to include a Passport, Passport card, Trusted Traveler card (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST), an Enhanced Driver's License, Enhanced Identification Card or approved Tribal Documents. U.S. and Canadian children under the age of 16 can present an original or certified copy of their birth certificate.
During peak travel times, the Ready Lanes at the Ambassador Bridge will be available for those travelers with RFID enabled documents to help make crossing the border quicker and easier. Travelers are also reminded to check http://apps.cbp.gov/bwt/ for up to date information on border waits.
During periods of heavy travel, border crossers may wish to consider traveling outside of peak times which normally occur between the hours of 6 to 10 a.m. and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends. It is highly recommended to build extra time into their trips in the event they cross during periods of exceptionally heavy traffic.
The tunnel was opened in 1930 and sits 75 feet under the Detroit River, stretching for about a mile.