By Michigan Radio
Governor Rick Snyder has inked a deal with the Canadian government to build a new bridge linking Detroit and Windsor. Governor Snyder says the project would ensure Michigan remains a channel for commerce – and would create thousands of jobs.
"If you look at it, one out of seven Michiganders in west Michigan, one out of eight in southeast Michigan are involved in trade with Canada. A huge percentage. And that’s a percentage we can see grow – not just for us but for our kids."
Creating an international authority is the next step. That authority would pick a private group to design, finance, build and operate the bridge. The tolls collected would be used to reimburse the Canadian government for the money it fronts to get the bridge built.
Owners of the Ambassador Bridge – which sits just upriver from where the new bridge would be built – are fiercely opposed to a new bridge. It’s expected the project will be challenged in court.