New Bridge To Canada
Governor Rick Snyder and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper joined together Friday for the formal announcement detailing plans to build a new Detroit bridge to Canada.
“This agreement is about more than building a bridge,” Snyder said. “It’s about building a future of economic strength and security for families across our entire state. The NITC will help Michigan farmers, entrepreneurs and manufacturers get their goods to market faster, as well as develop new customer bases. It also prepares southeastern Michigan to become a global transportation hub when coupled with the region’s other assets. Equally important, this agreement is a great illustration of the power of partnerships. This collaborative achievement by the state, our Canadian friends, the U.S. government, Michigan’s congressional delegation and the broad coalition of supporters shows the world that we’re moving forward with innovation, vision and relentless positive action. Today represents a major step in Michigan’s reinvention.”
Governor Snyder and the Prime Minister will also appear together at a signing ceremony at 3:00 p.m. at the Cobo Center in Detroit.
A second bridge to Canada has long been a contentious issue in the area.
Matty Moroun, who owns the Ambassador Bridge, has spent millions on a campaign to stop a a publicly owned second bridge from being built. His company wants to build a twin span to the Ambassador Bridge, but Canadian officials have said that is not an option.
Large companies like Ford Motor Company and Chrysler have both come out in support of a new bridge, saying congestion is slowing down the supply chain, which is ultimately hurting business.
Snyder says the bridge will be paid for through tolls and the Canadian government and that Michigan taxpayers will not foot the bill.