New bridge in works for Windsor-Detroit corridor?

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WINDSOR, Ont. — Canada and the US are reportedly in the planning stages for a new bridge linking Windsor and Detroit.

Citing unnamed sources, Radio-Canada reports the bridge will be built at a cost of $5 billion alongside the existing Ambassador Bridge, according to the Canadian Press.

The French-language network of the CBC says the site for the Canadian side of the bridge has already been picked, and an official announcement will be made by mid-July.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is reportedly pushing to sign a final deal before US President George W. Bush leaves office early next year.

The bridge will be built with the biggest public-private partnership in the history of Canada, Radio-Canada says, and will create as many as 25,000 jobs in the economically fragile area of Ontario.

A 15-kilometre freeway will also be built to feed the new link.

The aging, narrow Ambassador Bridge is the route for a quarter of the traffic between the US and Canada. Some 10,000 trucks pass over it on a typical weekday.

Radio-Canada calls it the biggest joint construction project in the history of the US and Canada.

–with files from the Canadian Press

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