bridge http://michiganradio.org en Gov. Snyder blames Washington for new bridge knots http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-blames-washington-new-bridge-knots <p>DETROIT (AP) - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder says a new bridge connecting the U.S. and Canada is being delayed partly because Washington doesn't seem to want to pay for a customs plaza on the American side.<br /><br />Snyder tells the Detroit Free Press it's a "difficult-to-understand attitude." He chalks it up to other similar logjams in Washington but says there's still time to resolve the issue.<br /> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 18:49:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16084 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder blames Washington for new bridge knots Michigan has 28 bridges in key rehab category http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-has-28-bridges-key-rehab-category <p>DETROIT (AP) - Michigan has at least 28 bridges that are classified as needing close observation and future upgrades.<br><br>The Associated Press analyzed data on bridges nationwide. At least 28 in Michigan are considered "structurally deficient" and "fracture critical," key terms bridge inspectors use.<br><br>Officials say that doesn't mean the bridges are unsafe for travel. If so, they'd be closed.<br> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 18:39:39 +0000 The Associated Press 14430 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan has 28 bridges in key rehab category Arson destroys 144-year-old covered wooden bridge in west Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/arson-destroys-144-year-old-covered-wooden-bridge-west-michigan <p>KEENE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities in rural western Michigan say an arson fire has destroyed a historic covered wooden bridge that has spanned the Flat River since the 19th century.<br><br>The Ionia County sheriff's department says the fire started about 5:10 a.m. Sunday on Whites Bridge It was built in 1869 in Keene Township, about 15 miles east of Grand Rapids.<br><br>There's no immediate report on suspects.<br><br>MLive.com&nbsp; says the bridge collapsed into the river and was still smoldering at midmorning on Sunday.<br> Sun, 07 Jul 2013 18:50:47 +0000 The Associated Press 13407 at http://michiganradio.org Arson destroys 144-year-old covered wooden bridge in west Michigan 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 In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-86 <p><strong>Michigan Secretary of State in court today over citizenship checkbox</strong></p><p>"Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson will be in federal court today to defend a citizenship checkbox she ordered onto November ballot applications. Election officials would ask voters to confirm their U.S. citizenship, but would not deny them a ballot if they decline to answer. A number of county clerks say it’ll cause confusion and could scare off eligible voters. Johnson says the citizenship question will help cut down on voter fraud and the number of non-citizens who receive ballots," Jake Neher <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/federal-judge-orders-ruth-johnson-defend-citizenship-checkbox-court">reports. </a></p><p><strong>Ambassador bridge owners say new bridge not economically feasible </strong></p><p>"Opponents of a new bridge between the U.S. and Canada say Michigan would lose about $325 million in taxes if the project goes ahead. The owners of the Ambassador bridge commissioned a study they say shows there's no need for a new bridge. Canada would pay for construction of the bridge and recoup its investment from future tolls," Rina Miller <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/bridge-owners-say-analysis-shows-new-bridge-not-economically-feasible">reports. </a></p><p><strong>Pilot program to keep kids at home, not in foster care</strong></p><p>"The state of Michigan is going to try a new approach to keep at-risk children out of the state’s foster care system. A federal waiver will allow the state to use grant dollars to start a pilot program that will try to keep children under five years old with their families rather than place them in foster homes. Steve Yager is the director of the Department of Human Services’ Children Services Administration. He says they want to avoid putting very young children through the ‘trauma’ of&nbsp; being placed in foster homes. The pilot program will start next year in Kalamazoo, Muskegon and Macomb counties. There are currently 13,000 children in Michigan’s foster care system," Steve Carmody <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/new-program-offers-michigan-kids-alternative-foster-care">reports. </a></p><p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 11:09:58 +0000 Emily Fox 9376 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Michigan's future transportation needs (and costs) will be under review this week http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-future-transportation-needs-and-costs-will-be-under-review-week <p>A special task force starts work this week to try to come up with a plan to better spend state tax dollars to fix Michigan’s roads.</p><p></p><p>The Michigan Department of Transportation is spending about a billion dollars building and repairing the state’s roads this year.</p><p></p><p>But to keep pace with what’s needed to just maintain the state’s infrastructure, its estimated Michigan would need to spend $1.4 billion.</p><p></p><p>State Senator Roger Kahn wonders if that money is being spent efficiently enough.</p><p></p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 13:30:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 9293 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's future transportation needs (and costs) will be under review this week Commentary: Canada and the bridge http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-canada-and-bridge <p>After weeks of court battles, the Michigan ballot is now final, and in addition to a boatload of candidates, we will be asked to decide six statewide ballot proposals.</p><p>One of these is designed to prevent anyone from building a new bridge to Canada, no matter who, what or why, without first holding a statewide vote of the people. That may sound sensible.</p><p>But it is anything but. This is the result of a private monopoly spending millions of dollars in order to keep a stranglehold on trade.</p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 12:39:25 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 9022 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Canada and the bridge Commentary: Ballot madness http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-ballot-madness <p>Five million Michigan voters will go to the polls two months from today. When they are handed their ballots and walk into the voting booth, they will face six ticking time bombs.</p><p>I’m talking about the ballot proposals. Yesterday, the State Supreme Court ended a legal battle by ordering three more proposed constitutional amendments on to the ballot. They’ve already put two others there, plus a referendum on the emergency manager law.</p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 13:22:27 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 8972 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Ballot madness Top business issues facing Michigan legislature in 2012 (If the election doesn't get in the way) http://michiganradio.org/post/top-business-issues-facing-michigan-legislature-2012-if-election-doesnt-get-way <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.michamber.com/">Michigan Chamber of Commerce</a> hopes the legislature will pass several&nbsp;pro-business laws before election year politics starts throwing obstacles in the way this year.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Rich Studley is the president of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. He said there&rsquo;s probably only a small window before this year&rsquo;s elections start affecting the&nbsp;ability of the legislature and the governor to get any work done.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;We believe that between now and the May filing deadline &hellip;between now and the end of May and the start of June&hellip;there are five months that the legislature and the governor can still work on key issues,&quot; said Studley.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The chamber is pushing for the elimination of Michigan&rsquo;s &lsquo;<a href="http://www.michiganinbrief.org/edition06/text/issues/issue-47.htm">personal property&nbsp;tax&rsquo;</a>&nbsp;and would like to streamline environmental and other regulations.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The state&rsquo;s largest business industry group is also encouraging the governor to&nbsp;move ahead with plans to build <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/whats-next-moroun">a new bridge</a> between Detroit and Windsor, even&nbsp;&nbsp;if he has to do it without the legislature&rsquo;s approval.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>One major issue not on the state Chamber of Commerce&rsquo;s agenda is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right-to-work_law">&lsquo;Right to Work&rsquo;. </a>Chamber officials say their members have not reached a consensus on the issue.&nbsp;&nbsp;More than 20 states prohibit agreements between employers and unions that require workers to join the union or pay union dues. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 19:03:56 +0000 Steve Carmody 5820 at http://michiganradio.org Top business issues facing Michigan legislature in 2012 (If the election doesn't get in the way) 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 Michigan roads need billions more to remain "useable" http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-roads-need-billions-more-remain-useable <p>A bipartisan legislative workgroup has determined that keeping Michigan&#39;s roads useable will require an additional $1.4 billion a year.</p><p>In 10 years, that number grows to an estimated $2.6 billion.</p><p>Business&nbsp;and infrastructure groups have been pressuring the Michigan Legislature for years without success to come up with a&nbsp;way to raise&nbsp;more money for fixing and maintaining roads and bridges.</p><p>Representative Rick Olson says Michigan needs to more than double what it spends to maintain streets and highways:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Well I think the bottom line of this study is, unless we spend this kind of money we&rsquo;re either going to need to reconcile ourselves to poorer roads, or we&rsquo;re going to need to be willing to pay even more in the future.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>&nbsp;Olson says raising the gas tax would not go far enough in raising revenue to pay for roads. He says a larger and more permanent solution will need to be found to generate revenue. Olson and his Democratic counterpart have submitted their report to state House leadership.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 19 Sep 2011 14:42:34 +0000 Rick Pluta & Laura Weber 4202 at http://michiganradio.org Lawmakers' bus tour turns into debate over bridges http://michiganradio.org/post/lawmakers-bus-tour-turns-debate-over-bridges <p>A&nbsp;busload of lawmakers and state officials toured parts of Detroit today that would be affected by a proposed second bridge between Detroit and Canada.</p><p>The tour began at the privately owned Ambassador Bridge, where the owners defended their proposal to build a second span and prevent the state from building a publicly owned bridge.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Matthew Maroun is a member of the family that owns the Ambassador Bridge. He says his company saves taxpayers from having to pay for a new bridge:</p> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 21:17:56 +0000 Laura Weber 3764 at http://michiganradio.org Lawmakers' bus tour turns into debate over bridges State officials dig in on bridge http://michiganradio.org/post/state-officials-dig-bridge <p>State lawmakers are scheduled to return next week to the Capitol from their two-month summer break. However this week a handful of legislators will head to Detroit as discussions intensify over whether to build a <span class="st">publicly</span> owned bridge to Canada.</p><p>A group of lawmakers will tour the site proposed for a second bridge from Detroit to Canada. And they will hear from parties interested in and opposed to building the second span. The tour and meetings are expected to last all day, and Senate hearings on the bridge issue will resume when lawmakers return next week. Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley says Governor Rick Snyder&rsquo;s administration is serious about getting the project approved before the end of the year.</p><p>As for the governor, this week he is in the Upper Peninsula, touring businesses and meeting with community leaders. A spokeswoman for the governor says the bridge in Detroit could come up in those meetings. She says a bridge in the southern part of the state is still an important issue in the UP because the infrastructure would have a big impact on agriculture and businesses throughout the state. Mon, 15 Aug 2011 10:09:35 +0000 Laura Weber 3750 at http://michiganradio.org Decline of the Middle Class http://michiganradio.org/post/decline-middle-class <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-973895.mp3</p><p><font><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2">You might expect that the Legislature, our well-paid, elected representatives, would be most keenly concerned with the economy and trying to figure out how to make things better.</font></font></p> Fri, 17 Jun 2011 16:44:48 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 2933 at http://michiganradio.org Decline of the Middle Class Snyder defends new Detroit/Ontario bridge plan http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-defends-new-detroitontario-bridge-plan <p>Governor Rick Snyder is defending the <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-supports-new-detroit-river-bridge-and-he-says-hes-got-way-pay-it">plan to build a second bridge</a> between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. Snyder <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110407/NEWS06/104070493/Gov-Snyder-stands-by-plans-Michigan?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">spoke to the Detroit Free Press</a> about his support for a new international bridge over the Detroit River a day after the newspaper published <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/ambassador-bridge-owner-snyder%E2%80%99s-plan-new-detroitontario-bridge-should-be-stopped">comments from Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel &quot;Matty&quot; Moroun</a> that criticized Snyder and the new bridge plan. &nbsp;From the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110407/NEWS06/104070493/Gov-Snyder-stands-by-plans-Michigan?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Free Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Gov. Rick Snyder told the Free Press on Wednesday that a TV ad campaign attacking plans for a second bridge to Canada reminds him of misleading campaign attacks on him in last year&#39;s race for governor.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s inaccurate,&quot; he said of the ad&#39;s claim that the public project connecting Michigan and Canada would cost state taxpayers $100 million a year.</p><p>The ad is paid for by the owner of the Ambassador Bridge, Manuel (Matty) Moroun, who said in a front-page Free Press report Wednesday that Snyder&#39;s advocacy for the public bridge would kill Michigan jobs, notably at his companies.</p><p>Moroun wants to build his own second Detroit-Windsor span, but the Canadian government won&#39;t let him build the span because of traffic, legal and environmental concerns. Snyder said two bridges would be viable&hellip;</p><p>Snyder said a new bridge, built by a private builder, would stimulate commerce. But, he said in a wide-ranging interview, his top priority is balancing the state budget and enacting tax changes he said will lead to more jobs. Thu, 07 Apr 2011 11:19:43 +0000 Zoe Clark 1948 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder defends new Detroit/Ontario bridge plan Ambassador bridge owner: Snyder’s plan for new Detroit/Ontario bridge should be stopped http://michiganradio.org/post/ambassador-bridge-owner-snyder%E2%80%99s-plan-new-detroitontario-bridge-should-be-stopped <p>Manuel &ldquo;Matty&rdquo; Moroun, the owner of the <a href="http://www.ambassadorbridge.com/">Ambassador Bridge</a>, says Governor Rick Snyder&rsquo;s <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-supports-new-detroit-river-bridge-and-he-says-hes-got-way-pay-it">proposal to build another bridge</a> connecting Detroit and Ontario should be stopped.</p><p>In an <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110406/BUSINESS04/104060405">interview with the Detroit Free Press on Monday</a>, Moroun said, &quot;I don&#39;t know what the governor&#39;s doing... He&#39;s probably going to win. I can&#39;t stop him, but he should be stopped. He&#39;s doing the wrong thing.&quot;</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110406/BUSINESS04/104060405">Freep</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Supporters of a publicly owned bridge say it will create construction and spin-off jobs near the new development and meet future traffic needs.</p><p>Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Snyder&#39;s point person on the proposed New International Trade Crossing, said the Moroun family&#39;s recent high-profile advertising campaign against the project cannot stop it...</p><p>By stressing the jobs that might be lost at his bridge and trucking companies if the public bridge is built, Moroun is clearly trying to influence the Republican-controlled, business-friendly Legislature that will soon decide the fate of Snyder&#39;s plan, he said...</p><p>Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel (Matty) Moroun, who opposes the Snyder plan because it would siphon traffic and revenue away from his privately owned span, sought to frame the debate this week as jobs in Michigan versus jobs elsewhere...</p><p>During the past couple of years, the Moroun family and associates have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign cash to both Republicans and Democrats to try to help block the public bridge project. During last year&#39;s gubernatorial campaign, however, Snyder did not take any contributions from the Morouns.</p></blockquote><p>Governor Rick Snyder <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/snyder-says-new-detroitontario-bridge-still-works">has said he wants lawmakers to introduce legislation</a> to authorize a new bridge when they come back from their Spring break. Lawmakers will be back in session next week. Wed, 06 Apr 2011 16:05:37 +0000 Zoe Clark 1933 at http://michiganradio.org Ambassador bridge owner: Snyder’s plan for new Detroit/Ontario bridge should be stopped Snyder says new Detroit/Ontario bridge is still in the works http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-says-new-detroitontario-bridge-still-works <p>Governor Rick Snyder says he hopes to introduce legislation next week that would move forward with construction on a second bridge span between Detroit and Canada. A similar proposal has met stiff opposition for several years among Republicans in the Legislature. Snyder says it is time for another international crossing:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Doing the new international trade crossing is the right thing to do. At the same time, when I did my analysis I believe there&rsquo;s viable opportunity to have the Ambassador Bridge continue, the Windsor Tunnel, the Blue Water Bridge, and clear up at the Soo. We&rsquo;ve got great crossings, we just need another crossing.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Democrats in the Legislature say Snyder will need their votes to approve the bridge project. They say if the governor wants their support he will also need to work with them more during budget negotiations.</p><p>Lawmakers return next week from their spring break. Mon, 04 Apr 2011 11:01:44 +0000 Laura Weber 1896 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder says new Detroit/Ontario bridge is still in the works 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 Border Wars http://michiganradio.org/post/border-wars <p>Well, the worst snowstorm in recorded history turned out not to live up to its billing, and civilization seems likely to go on.</p><p>Funny, but every year we always seem to forget a basic fact of life in Michigan. Which is: it snows in the winter. We are pretty far north, you know. So much so, that a sizable chunk of Ontario is south of us. You remember Ontario, yes?</p><p>It is one province of a vast country called Canada which we know is there, but somehow, mostly forget to notice.</p><p>Canada is, by far, our biggest trading partner. The economies of Michigan and Ontario are tightly linked, so much so that if something happened to stifle trade between our two countries, we would instantly be plunged into the mother of all depressions.</p><p>Most of us know this, but we seem somehow to have an amazing sense of collective amnesia about Canada.</p><p>Incredibly, much of the debate in Michigan about whether or not to build a second bridge over the Detroit River has completely ignored that any proposal needs the willing participation of a completely independent foreign nation, known as Canada. Thu, 03 Feb 2011 16:25:57 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 1151 at http://michiganradio.org Border Wars Former Michigan governors support new Detroit-Windsor bridge http://michiganradio.org/post/former-michigan-governors-support-new-detroit-windsor-bridge <p>Four former Michigan governors <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/som/0,1607,7-192-53480_56420-250364--,00.html">have come out in support</a> of Governor <a href="http://michiganradionews.org/post/gov-snyder-supports-new-detroit-river-bridge-and-he-says-hes-got-way-pay-it">Rick Snyder's plan to build a new bridge</a> from Detroit to Windsor, Ontario. The Snyder administration put out a news release yesterday saying Democrat Jennifer Granholm, Republican John Engler, Democrat James Blanchard, and Republican William Milliken all support the <a href="http://www.partnershipborderstudy.com/">Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC)</a>. Fri, 28 Jan 2011 11:59:59 +0000 Zoe Clark 1053 at http://michiganradio.org Former Michigan governors support new Detroit-Windsor bridge