NITC http://michiganradio.org en Canadian diplomat says New International Trade Crossing 'is going ahead' http://michiganradio.org/post/canadian-diplomat-says-new-international-trade-crossing-going-ahead <p></p><p></p><p>A Canadian official says construction of a new bridge between Windsor and Detroit can start soon, maybe 2015. &nbsp;It’s just a matter of waiting for some money from the U.S. government.</p><p>While Canada is putting up the money for the bridge, the U.S. has to build a new customs plaza which is expected to cost about 250-million dollars.</p><p>Until then, the Canadian government will continue to negotiate land purchases in and around the Delray neighborhood of Detroit where the New International Trade Crossing will land in the U.S.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 18:38:34 +0000 Lester Graham 13041 at http://michiganradio.org Canadian diplomat says New International Trade Crossing 'is going ahead' Report: Proposed Detroit-Windsor bridge gets key permit http://michiganradio.org/post/report-proposed-detroit-windsor-bridge-gets-key-permit <p>Backers of a new bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor are expected to announce that the project has cleared one of the final hurdles later today.</p><p></p><p>The Windsor Star reports that Governor Snyder and other supporters of the Detroit River International Crossing will announce that the bridge project has finally received a permit from the U.S. Department of State. .</p><p></p><p>A forty year old federal law gives the State Department the authority to approve international bridges.</p><p></p><p>The permit is seen as a key step in the 2 billion dollar bridge project.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 04:54:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12111 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Proposed Detroit-Windsor bridge gets key permit The election is over – so when are they going to build that bridge? http://michiganradio.org/post/election-over-so-when-are-they-going-build-bridge <p>A week after the election, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s administration is switching gears from fighting a ballot proposal that sought to block a new international bridge, to taking further steps to build the New International Trade Crossing bridge.</p><p>Governor Snyder's office and top Canadian officials are getting more information out about the proposed bridge between Detroit and Windsor.</p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 21:20:27 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9878 at http://michiganradio.org The election is over – so when are they going to build that bridge? Bridge owners say analysis shows new bridge not economically feasible http://michiganradio.org/post/bridge-owners-say-analysis-shows-new-bridge-not-economically-feasible <p>A report commissioned by the owners of the Ambassador Bridge says Gov. Rick&nbsp; Snyder has not given voters enough information about the economic impact of a proposed new span over the Detroit River.&nbsp;<br><br>The analysis by a Grand Rapids consulting firm says plans for the new bridge are not economically feasible.<br> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 19:48:49 +0000 Rina Miller 9366 at http://michiganradio.org Bridge owners say analysis shows new bridge not economically feasible Will new bridge to Canada cost Michigan taxpayers? We ask a law professor http://michiganradio.org/post/will-new-bridge-canada-cost-michigan-taxpayers-we-ask-law-professor <p>As election day approaches, you’re likely to see a lot of ads critical of an agreement between Canada and Michigan regarding a new bridge between Detroit and Windsor.</p><p>[Ad Clip:] “It will cost Michigan taxpayers $100 million a year.”</p><p>Whether Michigan taxpayers are on the hook for the cost of that bridge is at the heart of a fierce debate about the agreement.</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 9234 at http://michiganradio.org Will new bridge to Canada cost Michigan taxpayers? We ask a law professor Life in Delray http://michiganradio.org/post/life-delray <p>Delray is a neighborhood in southwest Detroit. &nbsp;People who live here are surrounded by heavy industry. A proposed new bridge to Canada is planned to land in the Delray neighborhood.&nbsp; The construction could change how the neighborhood looks.&nbsp; It’s estimated that thousands more trucks will pass by the neighborhood every day.</p><p>When we visited one recent summer evening, a bunch of kids were climbing on a playground. Two of them were playing tag, laughing and running themselves breathless.</p><p>But just past the red and yellow playground are two tall smoke stacks. If you look closely, you can see a green haze creeping out of them.</p><p>Simone Sagovac is with Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision. The non-profit group has been working to clean up southwest Detroit for 20 years.</p><p>“People who come to visit here from the EPA, from around the country, say that it's one of the worst places they've ever been to.”</p><p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8845 at http://michiganradio.org Life in Delray Michigan election board deadlocks on bridge ballot proposal http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-election-board-deadlocks-bridge-ballot-proposal <p>The Board of State Canvassers deadlocks on the ballot proposal that would require public votes to construct a new international bridge. The measure is backed by the owners of the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit, who are trying to block a competing bridge. They could now go to court to get on the ballot. Mon, 27 Aug 2012 22:11:47 +0000 Rick Pluta 8840 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan election board deadlocks on bridge ballot proposal The People Should Decide ballot petition challenged http://michiganradio.org/post/people-should-decide-ballot-petition-challenged <p>(Updated)</p><p>A newly created group is challenging a ballot petition that would require a vote on future international bridge and tunnel crossings.</p><p>The group <em>Taxpayers Against Monopolies</em> supports a New International Trade Crossing between Detroit and Windsor, so it’s challenging a ballot petition filed by <em>The People Should Decide</em> which is supported by the Ambassador Bridge owners, the Moroun family.</p><p>The ballot petition would require a vote on all international crossings that use any taxpayer money.</p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 19:44:56 +0000 Lester Graham 8769 at http://michiganradio.org The People Should Decide ballot petition challenged First vote on new international bridge could come Thursday http://michiganradio.org/post/first-vote-new-international-bridge-could-come-thursday <p>State lawmakers today were supposed to move forward with a proposal to build a new international bridge in Detroit.&nbsp; Instead, the meeting broke up without a vote.</p><p>A meeting of the Senate Economic Development Committee was abruptly adjourned after a new version of the legislation was handed to the committee&rsquo;s Republican chairman. <a href="http://senate.michigan.gov/gop/senators/contact.asp?District=15">Senator Mike Kowall </a>said he needed time to review the new legislation, but he expressed annoyance that months of hearings were capped by the last-minute development.</p> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 20:38:33 +0000 Rick Pluta 4641 at http://michiganradio.org First vote on new international bridge could come Thursday Snyder tours Detroit neighborhood, promotes new bridge crossing http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-tours-detroit-neighborhood-promotes-new-bridge-crossing <p>Governor Rick Snyder says a new bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor will benefit Michigan&rsquo;s economy, but should also benefit the community that hosts it.</p><p>Snyder toured Detroit&rsquo;s Delray neighborhood with community leaders today Tuesday. Delray is the proposed site of the <a href="http://topics.mlive.com/tag/New%20International%20Trade%20Crossing/index.html">New International Trade Crossing (NITC)</a>.</p> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 03:49:49 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 3475 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder tours Detroit neighborhood, promotes new bridge crossing Update: Michigan Department of Transportation director responds to bad bridge rankings http://michiganradio.org/post/update-michigan-department-transportation-director-responds-bad-bridge-rankings <p><strong>Update:</strong></p><p>Michigan ranks 13<sup>th</sup> worst in the nation for bridge condition according to a new report released on national bridge conditions. The report says 1,400 bridges in Michigan are in critical condition and are deteriorating in some way.</p><p>Kirk Steudle is the director of the Michigan Department of Transportation. He says most bridges in Michigan are about 40 years old, and bridges are built to last 50 years.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;We take a slightly different approach with that 50 years, and say that with the right kind of maintenance and preventative maintenance, we can extend that life indefinitely.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;Well, indefinitely to a point where there&rsquo;s really nothing more financially responsible to do other than replace the bridge.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;Our first and foremost responsibility is to make sure that the infrastructure that people are driving on, the bridges they&rsquo;re driving on, are safe.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;And if there is a condition that warrants it as immediately unsafe, the bridge will be closed immediately.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;The bridges that are out there, that people are driving on right now, including all of us, are safe. If the bridge is open, the bridge is safe.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s been inspected by our bridge engineers, and we take that very seriously and if there&rsquo;s something that needs to be taken out of service, it will be taken out of service immediately and fixed and adjusted.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Representatives from Transportation for America, who released the study, say federal support is needed to fix a backlog of bridge issues. They say it will cost about 226 dollars per driver to make sure bridges remain safe and drivable.</p><p>Steudle and representatives from Transportation for America say they understand that there is a focus right now on less government spending. But, they say, safety needs to be a priority over budget cuts.</p><p>-Laura Weber</p><p><strong>1:01 p.m.:</strong></p><p>How many bridges do you cross in a day?</p><p>However many you cross, it is possible that some of those bridges might be part of the 13% of state bridges that are &quot;structurally deficient.&quot;</p><p>In a survey of national statistics, the Associated Press found that Michigan came in with the 13th worst bridge statistics.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110328/NEWS06/110328026/1008/news06/Report-Michigan-bridges-13th-worst-America">Detroit Free Press:</a></p><blockquote><p>More than 13% of the state&rsquo;s bridges are structurally deficient, a number that will only rise as thousands of spans statewide approach their expected 50-year life expectancy, transportation leaders said today.</p><p>With about 1,400 bridges ranked structurally deficient, Michigan ranks 13th worst in the nation in the number of bridges in poor condition, according to a report released this morning by Transportation for America, a national transportation advocacy group. The national average is 11.5%.</p><p>The average age of Michigan&rsquo;s bridges is 41 years. The group said nationwide, it would cost $70 billion to upgrade deficient bridges. About 185,000 U.S. bridges are 50 or older, and that number could double by the year 2030.</p></blockquote><p>This news comes on the heels of another big announcement about the long-awaited new Detroit-Windsor bridge, now known as the New International Trade Crossing (NITC).</p><p>From an <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2011/03/rick_snyder_to_unveil_new_dric.html">MLive</a> article from last Tuesday:</p><blockquote><p>Governor Rick Snyder is expected, in the next two weeks, to submit a new bill to the Michigan legislature authorizing construction of the new Detroit-Windsor bridge, now called the New International Trade Crossing (NITC) in Lansing.</p><p>One of the most significant changes between Snyder&rsquo;s NITC proposal and the DRIC bill that died in the state Senate last year is the removal of MDOT from the process.&nbsp; A special authority established to govern the bridge replaces the state agency in the legislation. According to Crain&rsquo;s Detroit&rsquo;s Bill Shea, shifting control away from MDOT is seen as an effort to win support among GOP lawmakers.</p></blockquote><p>The removal of MDOT from the equation is one of the significant changes between the NITC proposal and Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) bill that stalled in the Michigan Senate in 2010.</p><p>Of course, what we really need is some kind of Michigan Acronym Awareness Association (MAAA).</p><p>-Brian Short, <em>Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 19:01:06 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom & Laura Weber 1817 at http://michiganradio.org Update: Michigan Department of Transportation director responds to bad bridge rankings Grand Rapids Chamber backs proposed bridge between Detroit and Canada http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-chamber-backs-proposed-bridge-between-detroit-and-canada <p><a href="http://www.grandrapids.org/details.aspx?p=gG6528642667ehG94B&amp;ppid=5899&amp;naid=8D07G71665187cDBge">Add the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce</a> to the <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/term/dric">growing list</a> of people, organizations hoping to see the rebranded New International Trade Crossing become a reality.</p><p><a href="http://www.grandrapids.org/details.aspx?p=gG6528642667ehG94B&amp;ppid=5899&amp;naid=8D07G71665187cDBge">Andrew Johnson </a>is the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s Vice President of Government Affairs.</p><blockquote><p>“We care about the bridge because 1 in 7 jobs in the Grand Rapids area is tied to exports. And the stronger trade we have between Michigan and Canada, the better it is for our West Michigan businesses.” Thu, 17 Mar 2011 20:47:25 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1697 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids Chamber backs proposed bridge between Detroit and Canada