DETROIT, Mich. (WOOD) - A second bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario is one step closer to reality.
The federal government has given its approval for construction -- a major step, given that Michigan and Canada have already entered into an agreement to do so.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder proposed the new crossing in his first State of the State address to the surprise of many in his own Party. He said it was a matter of economic development.
The Legislature could not find the votes to support the idea, so the governor went at it alone. He said it will not cost state taxpayers any money. And since none had been allocated from the House and Senate, the cost will be up to Canada and the private contractor who ultimately gets the bid.
The owners of the current span, the Ambassador Bridge, have been strongly opposed and even had a ballot initiative in the last election cycle that might have blocked the proposal. That attempt failed and legal action is already underway.
When 24 Hour News 8 talked with the governor on Thursday, he indicated the approval was expected soon.
The next step will be to appoint an international commission to oversee the beginning phases of this project, which will take about seven years to complete.
It will no doubt take some detours through the courts, but for now, the next big step for a big project has been taken.
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