Canada’s consul in Michigan says Obama administration stinginess the holdup to their Windsor-Detroit bridgeBy Peter Samuel 3 days ago
Roy Norton the Canadian Consul to Michigan says the Obama administration is now the major obstacle to a start on their new bridge between Windsor and Detroit. Norton says the US Government won’t commit to spending the $250m needed for a new US Customs and Immigration plaza - one sixteenth of the total $4 billion project.
Ambassador Bridge lawyers make strong case the Canadians have no legitimate franchise for new bridge but...
2013-06-10: The Ambassador Bridge company has its lawyers working the US District Court in Washington seeking an order invalidating the US Government's approval for the new (NITC) toll bridge a couple of miles downriver that will be built and financed by the Canadian government.
The Canadian government is beginning to buy land in the Delray area of southwest Detroit for the NITC toll bridge they propose downriver of the Ambassador Bridge. The Canadians under an agreement with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and with a US presidential permit in hand are moving ahead with plans to start utility relocation in Delray for the approach roads, US border inspection plaza and the interchange with I-75.
The Canadians plan to collect tolls for both directions of traffic on their side of the Detroit River.
2013-04-12: The US Department of State announced today that it has issued the US Presidential Permit that represents the last federal authorization needed for the proposed New International Trade Crossing (NITC) toll bridge that the Canadian Government plans to have built 1.8 miles downriver of the Ambassador Bridge.
2013-04-09: A state representative for Detroit and mayoral candidate Fred Durhal (Dem) is seeking a court ruling to void Michigan Governor Rick Synder's agreement allowing the Canadian Government to build a new toll bridge over the Detroit River, downstream of the Ambassador bridge. In a statement Rep Durhal says his lawsuit seeks to establish the legislature's role in authorizing the project and any agreement with the Canadians.
Supporters of new international toll bridge in Detroit win big in election day ballot Proposal 6 - 60/40 vote
Supporters of a new Canadian sponsored bridge downriver of the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor won a big political victory in voting in Michigan Tuesday. The new bridge got 2.63m votes to 1.78m or 60% to 40% in so called Proposal 6.
A Yes vote for Michigan's Proposal 6 is a no-brainer. Sloppy and malicious local reporting and demagoguery out of the Governor's office and a local Canadian consul has portrayed Proposal 6 as barring any new international bridge or tunnel to protect a supposed "monopoly" at the Ambassador Bridge.
TOLLROADSnews has had an extended back & forth with proponents of the new Detroit-Windsor bridge championed by state governor Rick Snyder and the Canadian Government, and opposed by the Michigan legislature, the Ambassador Bridge company and a group it supports called The People Should Decide.
Anti-bridge group gets 609k signatures to get popular vote in Michigan on new bridge, Moroun behind Zug Isle Vibes?
2012-07-11: The People Should Decide, a group supported by the Ambassador Bridge company this week submitted 609,220 signatures to put on the ballot November 6 a new clause in the Michigan constitution requiring a popular vote before the state can support any new international crossing. The bridge company has been battling plans which would have a new multi-billion dollar government owned toll bridge built 1.8 miles downriver.
Michigan governor Snyder in constitutional confrontation over legislative bar on new toll bridge moneyBy Peter Samuel on June 27, 2012
2012-06-27: The bizarre and endless saga of a new Detroit Windsor toll bridge has taken another weird twist.