US gives Mich. 2nd Detroit-Canada bridge permit

April 12, 2013 • Business

Lisa Raitt, Canada’s Labour Minister, speaks as Gov. Rick Snyder, left, listens during the announcement the United States State Department issued a key permit to build a second bridge linking the United States and Canada from Detroit to Windsor, Ontario during a news conference in Detroit. in Detroit, Friday April 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan won approval Friday to build a second bridge between Detroit and Canada, a key step toward starting construction on the $3.5 billion project intended to relieve truck congestion and speed up trade at the busiest northern U.S. border crossing.

A permit awarded by the U.S. Department of State allows Michigan and Windsor, Ontario, to move forward with the span over the Detroit River. Construction of the bridge could start in 2015 and the entire project — including the bridge, interchange ramps and customs plazas — could be finished by 2020.

Lawsuits challenging the bridge, though, have been filed by a lawmaker and the owners of the 83-year-old Ambassador Bridge, currently the lone bridge between Detroit and Windsor.

The presidential permit is a requirement for all U.S. border crossing projects with Canada and Mexico and comes Login to read more

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