DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – WWJ Newsradio 950 and CBSDetroit.com are your destinations for complete coverage of Friday’s expected announcement on an agreement between the state of Michigan and Canada to build a new bridge over the Detroit River, and the jobs that would come along with it.
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Gov. Rick Snyder will be joined by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to announce the deal — a Canadian-financed bridge linking Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.
A summary of the agreement provided Friday morning to The Associated Press states Michigan wouldn’t be obligated to pay any of the costs of the bridge. Both countries would be represented on a bridge board, and a Canadian entity would handle design, construction and operation.
The cost to build Michigan’s half of the bridge would be repaid through tolls collected on the Canadian side of the bridge, according to the summary. The government of Canada would fund the purchase of land in Canada and Michigan, as well as building roadways connecting the bridge to I-75 in Detroit.
The bridge would span the Detroit River south of the existing Ambassador Bridge.
The Gov. said he anticipates some strong reactions from Ambassador Bridge Co. Owner, Matty Moroun.
“I would assume litigation would be part of that, that’s been the history of that particular project,” said Snyder.
“But again, staying on a positive note, I would be excited to be a part of a project to build a bridge to create more and better jobs for the citizens of Michigan, at no cost to taxpayers,” he continued.
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