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OTA says it will continue pushing for DRIC

TORONTO, Ont. -- The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is disappointed that outgoing Michigan Senate leader Mike Bishop has opted not to hold a vote on the government-backed Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) project this year.


TORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is disappointed that outgoing Michigan Senate leader Mike Bishop has opted not to hold a vote on the government-backed Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) project this year.

However, the OTA says it, along with other business groups and government will continue to push for the second span.

“The situation in Lansing is still very fluid and we remain confident that the second crossing as proposed by the DRIC bi-national process will be built”, Bradley said. “While it’s extremely disappointing that Senate Republican Leader Mike Bishop has reneged on his commitment to hold a vote on the DRIC legislation this year, there are already signs that the incoming administration is willing to consider moving forward with DRIC either now or during the next legislative session. Bishop’s about face doesn’t kill DRIC, at worst it simply delays it.”  

The OTA is hopeful new Michigan governor Rick Snyder will help bring the project to fruition.

“The new Michigan governor Rick Snyder has indicated that he has an open mind on the issue of the DRIC crossing and we remain confident that once he is fully apprised of the facts he will agree with us that the DRIC crossing is crucial to improving the flow of trade between Michigan and Ontario and it is therefore an essential part of revitalizing the Michigan and Ontario economies,” said Bradley. “Building new infrastructure is never an easy process, no matter how essential it may be, but we know that despite occasional setbacks and disappointments in the end, the right thing does eventually get done.”


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