Bridge Co. uses truck traffic dip to dismiss new project

DETROIT – The owners of the private Ambassador Bridge says a year-to-year dip in monthly truck crossings shows there’s no need for a second, publicly-funded bridge at the Detroit-Windsor gateway.

Truck traffic at the bridge dropped slightly (-1.4%) in March from the same month a year ago, from 246,234 trips 242,765, the Detroit International Bridge said in a statement.

Total traffic, including passenger cars and light trucks, was up 3 percent.

"Notwithstanding the rhetoric by proponents of [a new bridge,] truck traffic continues to fall," the statement said.

While the month of March was down, first quarter truck traffic was still up by 1.88 percent from 2010.

And crossings are up significantly (24.2%) from the recession-level low of 195,434 in 2009.

Truck traffic is 28 percent lower than the pre-9/11 level of 335,595 crossings in 2000, however.  

Have your say

This is a moderated forum. Comments will no longer be published unless they are accompanied by a first and last name and a verifiable email address. (Today's Trucking will not publish or share the email address.) Profane language and content deemed to be libelous, racist, or threatening in nature will not be published under any circumstances.