BLUE WATER BRIDGE GETS FEDERAL SUPPORT

SARNIA, Ont. — Federal Transport Minister David Collenette has introduced in the Senate an amendment to help the Blue Water Bridge Authority raise money for the bridge linking Sarnia, Ont. with Port Huron, Mich.

The Bill (known as the Act to Amend the Blue Water Bridge Authority Act), “Would provide greater flexibility in terms of borrowing power” for the authority, says Collenette. “This in turn will mean greater flexibility in planning future projects and expenditures.”

The Blue Water Bridge is the second largest Canada — U.S. gateway and the second busiest for commercial crossings. The bridge is Canada’s fastest growing crossing with traffic increases of about eight per cent every year. On average, 14,000 vehicles cross the Blue Water Bridge every day, including as many as 6,000 trucks.

The Blue Water Bridge Authority is a public body, operating at arm’s length from the government, and does not receive any federal funding.

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