Michigan Senate delays Windsor-Detroit bridge construction
December 3, 2010
TORONTO, Ont. -- The Michigan Senate has rejected a last-minute attempt to secure passage of the legislation which would have enabled the construction of a new bridge between Windsor and Detroit as proposed by the Detroit River International...
TORONTO, Ont. — The Michigan Senate has rejected a last-minute attempt to secure passage of the legislation which would have enabled the construction of a new bridge between Windsor and Detroit as proposed by the Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) process.
Ontario Trucking Association president David Bradley called the Senate’s action on Thursday “unfortunate”, saying, “It’s extremely disappointing that the Michigan Senate has chosen to stall progress on this important project, costing Michigan and Ontario tens of thousands of construction jobs next year, but even more seriously, damaging the economic recovery of the region by signalling to potential investors that the all important trade link between Ontario and Michigan will continue to be tenuous. The impact on investment decisions and on manufacturing jobs is the real story of the Senate’s decision.”
“A supply chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and right now for too many shippers and carriers, Windsor-Detroit is a weak link.”
But Bradley assured that this setback “in no way” means that DRIC is dead. “It merely pushes the decision out to the incoming Legislature in Michigan and we remain confident that the new legislators, once they understand how important this is for Michigan’s economic recovery, will proceed with the new crossing,” he said.
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