Blue Water Bridge may overtake Ambassador one day: Michigan official

DETROIT — A U.S. politician who helped secure $43 million for a new inspection plaza at the Blue Water Bridge says he thinks the Port Huron, Mich.-Sarnia, Ont. crossing could give the nearby Ambassador Bridge a run for the title of No. 1 trade gateway between Canada and the U.S.

Rep. Candice Miller says that the new plaza should streamline traffic, improve security, and cut down on wait times, which might lure traffic away from the nearby, truck-jammed Ambassador in Detroit-Windsor, Ont., reports Crains Detroit Business News.

The Blue Water Bridge became the second busiest crossing last year, taking the spot from the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, N.Y.-Fort Erie, Ont.

About 5.5 million cars and trucks cross the Blue Water Bridge each year.

Dan Stamper, president of Ambassador parent company Detroit International, told Crains the expansion at the Blue Water is good for the region, but he doesn’t think volume in Sarnia will surpass the Ambassador’s anytime soon.

— from Crains Detroit News

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