Windsor police open another intersection on Huron Church Road


The Malden Road intersection with Huron Church Road has been opened to east-west traffic and pedestrians, as of Wednesday morning. Other traffic controls continue.

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Huron Church Road traffic took another step toward normalcy on Wednesday with Windsor police opening the intersection at Malden Road.

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Ten days since the clearance of the Ambassador Bridge blockade, barriers were removed to allow vehicles and pedestrians to travel east and west at the intersection.

The Malden Road intersection joined the intersections of Tecumseh Road and Northwood Street/Industrial Drive as access points to Huron Church Road.

However, northward traffic on Huron Church Road is still restricted to bridge-bound vehicles, and the majority of intersections on the route north of Industrial Drive remain closed.

Windsor police have stated that assessment of the situation is ongoing and more intersections will be opened “when it is safe to do so.”

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Omar Alghabra, federal Minister of Transportation, visited Huron Church Road on Wednesday, attending affected businesses such as Fred’s Farm Fresh International Market — a long-standing produce and grocery store at 2144 Huron Church Rd.

“The reality of illegal blockades: Some families were not able to get fresh food, grocery clerks couldn’t stock shelves, and many truckers were unable to deliver fresh food in time for the families that rely on them,” Alghabra wrote on social media .

The previous day, Alghabra had in-person meetings with local leaders such as Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens and Essex County Warden Gary McNamara.

He later also met with Chrysler Canada representatives.

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No timeline has been provided for when Huron Church Road will be fully open. Concrete jersey barriers are still in place throughout, and dozens of police officers remain posted along the route.

Eleanor Deease, an Essex resident, said she’s been trying to get answers from Mayor Dilkens and Windsor police about why the traffic restrictions are still necessary.

“Nobody seems to want to tell you anything,” complained Deease, who said that while she doesn’t live in the area and hasn’t been inconvenienced, she knows residents and businesses are being burdened by the closures.

“It should have been opened the minute the truckers left. All of those barricades should have been picked up and hauled outta there,” she said.

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Asked if she thinks there was a risk of the blockade resuming without police monitoring and traffic controls, Deease said no — and argued that the barriers “served no purpose” to dissuading the demonstrators.

“If I was a trucker, and I wanted to go down and I wanted to block the Huron Line again, I darn well could do it.”

Deease added that she believes the occupiers “were not the problem.”

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