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Feds Give ‘Gateway Project’ Work The Go Ahead

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Road work underway near the Ambassador Bridge in December, 2010. (WWJ Photo, File)

Road work underway near the Ambassador Bridge in December, 2010. (WWJ Photo, File)

DETROIT (WWJ) – The federal government has given the OK for the Michigan Department of Transportation to complete another part of the so-called “Gateway Project” near the Ambassador Bridge.

The Detroit International Bridge Company turned over land needed for an elevated ramp last month and Wednesday the Federal Highway Administration approved the additional work, even though the bridge company and MDOT have been battling in court.

The ramp, which should be completed before Memorial Day weekend, will allow trucks coming from Canada to drive onto area freeways without going onto neighborhood streets.

Officials at the bridge company have said MDOT has been holding up the project.

Earlier this month, bridge owner Manuel “Matty” Moroun and bridge company CEO Dan Stamper spent a night in jail for contempt of court after a judge ruled they didn’t complete the work as ordered. Their attorneys have appealed the ruling.

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