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Thirty-nine state and national organizations representing construction, distribution, manufacturing, labor, and the general business community sent a letter calling for swift action by the Obama administration on a new bridge between the United States and Canada across the Detroit River.
In a letter to President Obama and senior cabinet members, it urged the administration to swiftly resolve questions surrounding funding for the U.S. customs facility associated with the project so construction can commence. Canada has agreed to pay for almost all the $2 billion bridge; however the United States has not yet committed to its share – $250 million for the Federal Plaza.
The new six-lane bridge, which has been on the drawing board for a decade, has important logistics and supply chain implications. The Detroit-Windsor trade corridor is the busiest between the United States and Canada, handling 8,000 truck crossings and 68,000 travelers daily. The existing four-lane, 85-year old Ambassador Bridge is inadequate to handle projected volume increases.
A copy of the letter can be found here.