Bridge awarded stay in court ruling to dismantle facilities

DETROIT — Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel Moroun won a temporary legal victory Wednesday when the Michigan Supreme Court issued a stay of a local judge’s order that newly built amenities on the bridge approaches must be torn down.

Earlier this year, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Prentis Edwards agreed with the Michigan Dept. of Transport that a portion of the Detroit Gateway project — an effort between the bridge company and the MDOT to link the bridge to I-75 and I-96 — did not conform to the agreement.

The Detroit International Bridge Company was told by Judge Edwards to redo the work, which means the company would have to tear down a newly built duty-free store and toll booth infrastructure on the bridge plaza.

More recently, Edwards summoned bridge company leaders to explain why the company has still not complied with his order.

But it appears that ruling is now on hold until the state Supreme Court looks into the issue.

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