DETROIT, Mich. — There are new plans on the table to ease congestion at the Windsor-Detroit crossing, according to media reports.
The Detroit International Bridge Co., owners of the Ambassador Bridge, have asked U.S. and Canadian authorities for permission to build a second, $300-million ($394-million Canadian) bridge to ease congestion at the two nations’ busiest border crossing, the Globe & Mail reports.
The Detroit International Bridge Co., run by Grosse Pointe industrialist Manuel Moroun, filed permit applications about 10 days ago for a second span, parallel to the bridge that links Detroit and Windsor, Ont.
About one quarter of the $400-billion ($526-billion) in goods that travel each year between the United States and Canada go through the Ambassador Bridge. Much of this trade is carried on the 3.25 million trucks cross the bridge annually.
This is not the only proposal dealing with easing congestion at the crossing.
The Detroit River Tunnel Partnership has proposed to retrofit and widen an existing train tunnel under the river to accommodate trucks. A third group, Mich-Can, proposes building a bridge near Zug Island on Detroit’s south side. Each would cost about $400-million to $600-million ($526-million to $789-million).
The petitions were filed with the U.S. Coast Guard, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Ontario Ministry of Environment and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.
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