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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Comments (3)
  1. citizen2000 says:

    Snyder will have his bridge even if the citizens of Michigan don’t want it. Why? He must be smarter than us. He must protect us from our own ignorance. He is the father and we are the children (nanny state). Does that sound like a conservative to you?

    Maybe it has something to do with trade with China. When Snyder went to China last year he urged them to make more “direct investment in Michigan” (i.e. buy more Michigan companies). The bridge is part of the NAFTA superhighway. Snyder is returning to China later this year. Could that have something to do with the fact that a lot of his wealth is invested in China? He own Neophotonics which manufactures telecommunications equipment in China and he is trying to sell technology in China that was developed at UM and funded by the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency because it can be used for guidance systems for missiles and guided munitions. Read more at

    He will have his bridge. Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead.

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