Caroline MacGregor November 2, 2012 | WGVU A shipping corridor from Montreal to Chicago is part of Governor Rick Snyder’s vision for Michigan’s economic success. He believes construction of a new international crossing at Detroit and Windsor, Ontario is essential to that vision.
A "no" vote to proposal 6 means the state can move forward with plans to build the bridge which the governor translates to jobs in construction and trade along with road projects across Michigan.
The governor says the bridge will not cost Michigan taxpayers a cent and says claims to the contrary conveyed in a multi-million dollar advertising campaign by the Marouns, the owners of the Ambassador Bridge, are false. The bridge will be paid for by Canada with revenue from tolls and that country will assume the risk of any shortfall, which Canadian Consul General Roy Norton affirms.
“people of Michigan”
Norton says the Marouns will still enjoy half the current level of traffic they are seeing and Chrysler, which sends 12 hundred trucks over the bridge each day, has agreed to keep using the Ambassador Bridge as long as it’s functional because its better suited to their 6-10 mile trips between plants in Detroit and Windsor.
Norton gives credit to Governor Snyder, saying the 550 million dollars Canada will spend on the interchange to I-75 from the foot of the new bridge can be matched on a 4 -1 basis by the US Federal Highway Administration which will yield 2.2 billion dollars for road upgrades and bridge construction anywhere in Michigan at no cost to the state.
Dan Stamper, president of the Ambassador Bridge, says the project is flawed, the governor has failed to explain those flaws to the people and says the legislature previously rejected the bridge proposal. He defends Maroun’s use of his own money to protect his long term investment.
“is wrong also”
Matty Maroun was jailed earlier this year by a Detroit judge after his Detroit International Bridge Co was accused of reneging on an agreement to complete part of the Gateway project at the Ambassador Bridge in a design agreed upon in a 2004 contract.
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