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DETROIT-WINDSOR TUNNEL ANNOUNCES $21 MILLION RENOVATION

 DETROIT/WINDSOR, Ontario, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- A five-year, $21 million renovation of the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel has been announced by Donald M. Vuchetich, president of the Detroit & Canada Tunnel Corp. (DCTC) (NASDAQ: DTUN), which operates the tunnel between the cities of Detroit and Windsor.
 The renovation cost is almost equal to the $23 million cost of building the tunnel, which opened Nov. 3, 1930.
 Called "Renovation '93," the first year of the program earmarks $6.7 million to provide a new road surface and automated, high-tech toll-taking equipment and renovation of the walls and ceiling of the tunnel.
 Cost of the renovation, shared equally by DCTC and the Windsor Tunnel Commission, is funded completely from tunnel toll revenues.
 Work of this major scope has never been done in the history of the tunnel, a tribute to the quality of its original engineering and construction.
 For the safety of motorists and workers, the tunnel will have to be closed for brief periods.
 Also, by closing the tunnel for these periods, all work that requires tunnel closure can be compressed into this year's schedule, alone, minimizing the impact on the traveling public.
 The tunnel closures are being confined to the "wee hours" of the morning, 12:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, during two work phases.
 The tunnel will be completely open and offering full service as usual at all other hours throughout the day and all weekends. Most tunnel users will never know the work is being done, or be inconvenienced in any way, since so few vehicles use the tunnel during the wee hours, according to Vuchetich.
 The weekday wee-hours closings will be in two phases:
 -- March 29 through April 9 (10 days)
 -- May 17 through Nov. 19
 The tunnel will be completely open 24 hours, seven days a week between the phases from April 10 through May 16.
 There will be no closings during the Freedom Festival, June 27 through July 5.
 A toll-free telephone number (1-800-245-2555) will be in operation as of March 1, providing information updates.
 "This approach will minimize any inconvenience caused by the brief closings, and provide a significant improvement in traffic flow for motorists," said Vuchetich.
 Average figures show that of the 20,000 vehicles that use the tunnel each day, the number dwindles to as low as 30 cars and 10 trucks per hour during the wee hours.
 More than 100 million vehicles have used the tunnel, and it has never officially closed since it opened in 1930, except for the International Marathon Race.
 Later this spring, the city of Windsor will unveil plans for the complete renovation of the tunnel's Windsor Plaza.
 Tentative plans call for an investment of some $20 million in a complete new plaza design, improved traffic flow and facilities.
 By year's end, tunnel users will enjoy driving through a Detroit- Windsor Tunnel that will be dramatically improved in appearance, safety and efficient traffic flow, according to Vuchetich.
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 /CONTACT; Robert E. Moreillon, 313-478-8481, for Detroit & Canada Tunnel Corp./
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