Proposed Detroit-Windsor Bridge Tabled

A Michigan Senate committee voted against a bill to create a public-private partnership to oversee land acquisition, construction and management of the planned Detroit River International Crossing, putting the project on hold until at least 2011.

Supporters, chief among them outgoing Governor Jennifer Granholm, hoped the project would be an economic boon for the state by facilitating the exchange of goods between the U.S. and Canada, says Jeff Bennett. Currently, $1.2 billion of goods cross Michigan's border points each day, a significant portion consisting of auto parts and completed vehicles.

Approval of the project was ultimately complicated by the proposed public-private ownership structure and the state's braoder economic situation, Bennett writes:

"The issue became embroiled in politics as supporters and opponents argued over whether a private individual, specifically billionaire businessman Manuel Moroun, should have control of an international crossing. Supporters...said a new bridge would also create jobs and millions of dollars in annual toll revenue for Michigan. Opponents questioned why an economically depressed state would want to build another bridge."

Full Story: Detroit-Windsor Bridge Won't Proceed This Year


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