Upgrades Coming To Ouellette Ave In Downtown Windsor

Ouellette Ave in downtown Windsor is getting some desperately needed upgrades.

Windsor City Council approved the $6.7-million project which will include reducing the number of lanes from four to two from Wyandotte to Elliott, adding a raised median, new sidewalks, and landscaping.

The project came in over budget by $1.1-million.

Ward 3 Councillor Rino Bortolin says the project will be worthwhile.

"At the end of the day, the road is in desperate need of repair, the watermain is in desperate need of repair, the streetscaping comes with all of that and it is our downtown, it is not just another street, it is Ouellette Avenue," he says.

Bortolin says businesses in the area deserve better. "A lot of those businesses have been there for a long time and slugging it out and there is new ones with new investments, the media arts centre announcing this week a $5-million capital plan to invest in a heritage building on that block."

Councillors Bill Marra, Irek Kusmierczyk and Hilary Payne voted against the project voicing concerns it was 21% over budget.

The extra money will come from reserves and the 2018 capital budget.

With files from AM800's Zander Broeckel