Sen. Richardville to help reach compromise on new bridge from Detroit to Canada
LANSING—Sen. Randy Richardville will meet with fellow members of a Senate panel Friday to help reach an agreement on the location of a new Detroit River International Crossing.
Although many of the 2009 state departmental budgets have already been signed into law, an agreement has not yet been reached for the Department of Transportation budget, due in large part to the unresolved DRIC issue.
“The Ambassador Bridge from Detroit to Windsor is an important international trade route between Canada and the U.S.,” said Richardville, R-Monroe. “Studies have shown that a new bridge could significantly reduce the amount of congestion caused by heavy truck traffic and enhance Michigan’s trade opportunities with Canada. The Senate is exploring options for a new bridge in Detroit to help move the project forward and help pass the state’s transportation budget.”
Different locations have been proposed for the new bridge’s site, including one adjacent to the current bridge or another closer to the Delray neighborhood near Zug Island in Detroit.
“Michigan is facing many important issues including this proposal for a new bridge in Detroit as well as the comprehensive energy legislation,” Richardville said. “I am pleased to be involved in the discussions as they will play a key role in the future of our state’s economy.”
Posted: Monday, August 11, 2008
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