Feds give Mich. second Detroit-Canada bridge permit

Michigan won approval Friday to build a second bridge between Detroit and Canada, a key step toward starting construction on the $3.5 billion project intended to relieve truck congestion and speed up trade at the busiest northern U.S. border crossing.
AP Wire
Apr 13, 2013

 

A permit awarded by the U.S. Department of State allows Michigan and Windsor, Ontario, to move forward with the span over the Detroit River. Construction of the bridge could start in 2015 and the entire project — including the bridge, interchange ramps and customs plazas — could be finished by 2020.

Lawsuits challenging the bridge, though, have been filed by a lawmaker and the owners of the 83-year-old Ambassador Bridge, currently the lone bridge between Detroit and Windsor.

The presidential permit is a requirement for all U.S. border crossing projects with Canada and Mexico, and comes 10 months after Gov. Rick Snyder and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper struck a deal calling for Canada to pay for the span over the Detroit River. It also follows Michigan voters' rejection last fall of a $33 million ballot measure backed by the Ambassador Bridge owners that would have slowed or halted construction.

Comments

truthhurts

not that i disapprove of the bridge being built, but this just goes to so how much our votes really don't count! The citizens voted no on the bridge, there shouldn't be any loop hole to allow it. This country has become more communist that is has democratic in the last 10 years.

GH55

The Citzens did not vote No on a new bridge! They voted No on a constitutional requirement to have a State wide referendum to approve any new bridge. See the ballot language below.

This entire initiative was the efforts of the current owner of the Ambassador Bridge, Matty Moron! He spent millons of dollars in advertising and lobbying to keep any new bridge from being built! He has delayed, failed to perform, and changed traffic patterns around the bridge to force people to drive through his gas facility and Duty Free shops that were agreed and contracted with the State.

The economy of both countries, USA and Canada and the local areas of Ontario and the state of Michigan will benefit greatly from a new bridge. Keep the commerce flowing.

Have you actually traveled over this bridge? It is a nighmare! The traffic is horrendous, the temporary facilities for tolls and the roadways are confusing at best.

This monopoly must end and it has nothing to do with the vote of the people being ignored! It is entirely an effort by one old man to maintain his empire at the great expense of the rest of the public!

A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION REGARDING CONSTRUCTION OF INTERNATIONAL BRIDGES AND TUNNELS

This proposal would: Require the approval of a majority of voters at a statewide election and in each municipality where “new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles” are to be located before the State of Michigan may expend state funds or resources for acquiring land, designing, soliciting bids for, constructing, financing, or promoting new international bridges or tunnels.

Create a definition of "new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles" that means, "any bridge or tunnel which is not open to the public and serving traffic as of January 1, 2012."

 

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