Detroit, Michigan – Numerous representatives from Canadian and Michigan businesses, cities and governments have urged Michigan lawmakers to pass legislation that would pave the way for a new Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC). The legislation would enable Michigan to enter into a public-private partnership to build and operate the new bridge that would link Windsor, Ontario with Detroit, Michigan.
“The government of Canada is deeply committed to building the new DRIC bridge as soon as possible,” said Gary Doer, Canada’s ambassador to the United States. “The new bridge will provide increased border crossing capacity and system redundancy and will ensure that Detroit-Windsor, North America’s busiest border crossing, can support the continued growth of Canada-U.S. trade.”
The US$5.3 billion project is a bi-national effort to provide safe, efficient and secure transportation between the two countries across the Detroit river. The site chosen for the new bridge is 3.2 kilometres south of the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit.
The DRIC is the only international crossing in the Detroit-Windsor corridor that has received all necessary environmental approvals for construction from the governments of both countries. The required legislation being sought would permit the Michigan Department of Transportation to enter into a relationship with Canada and a private-sector transportation project developer/financier. The new bridge would be publicly owned, with tolls used to repay the developer/financier. The legislation is pending in the House Transportation Committee and is expected to be taken up in April.
The new bridge would connect Ontario’s Highway 401 with U.S. 1-75. One-quarter of all trade between the two countries passes through the Detroit-Windsor crossing.