new international bridge crossing http://michiganradio.org en The future of Detroit's second bridge now hangs on the Obama administration http://michiganradio.org/post/future-detroits-second-bridge-now-hangs-obama-administration <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So whatever happened to the New International Trade Crossing Bridge?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For years, an epic battle raged between those who knew we needed a new bridge across the Detroit River, and </span>Matty<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Moroun<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the 86-year-old man who owned the 85-year-old Ambassador Bridge, the only game in town.</span></p><p>Moroun held up a new bridge for years, mostly by buying off Michigan legislators with bribes thinly described as campaign contributions, but that ended when Rick Snyder became governor.</p><p>Snyder found a way to bypass the lawmakers and conclude an agreement with Canada. That was almost two years ago, however, and ground has yet to be broken.</p><p>So what’s happening?</p><p>This time the culprit is not Matty Moroun, but, bizarrely, Barack Obama.</p><p>President Obama has been supportive of a new bridge. There was no difficulty gaining a presidential permit to build it. Money was not a problem, because our friends the Canadians are paying for almost all of it. They are advancing Michigan’s share of more than half a billion dollars, which we don’t have to pay back until the bridge is up and tolls are being collected.</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:28:24 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17278 at http://michiganradio.org The future of Detroit's second bridge now hangs on the Obama administration What's going on with the new bridge to Canada? http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-going-new-bridge-canada <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Remember all the political wrangling over the "New International Trade Crossing"?</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>After that feverish campaign in the fall of 2012, where Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Maroun failed to convince Michigan voters to give him a monopoly of the Detroit River crossing between Detroit and Canada, and after Canada agreed that it would indeed pay the lion's share of the $2.1 billion it'll cost to complete the bridge – after all of that – why has there been no more movement toward getting the new bridge built?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Michigan Radio's political commentator Jack Lessenberry explains what's up.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>*Listen to the audio above.</em></div><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:04:46 +0000 Stateside Staff 16198 at http://michiganradio.org What's going on with the new bridge to Canada? Money talks, big players and the debate over a new bridge http://michiganradio.org/post/money-talks-big-players-and-debate-over-new-bridge <p>The question of whether to build a new bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario has been the source of ongoing conflict between Gov. Snyder and Matty Moroun, owner of the Ambassador Bridge Company.</p><p>Reporter <a href="http://michiganradio.org/people/lester-graham">Lester Graham</a>, with <a href="http://michiganradio.org/topic/michigan-watch">Michigan Watch</a>, will bring us a special&nbsp;five-part series on the debate about building a new bridge. The series begins on Monday August 13.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 21:03:21 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 8635 at http://michiganradio.org Money talks, big players and the debate over a new bridge Lt. Gov. Calley on building a new international bridge http://michiganradio.org/post/lt-gov-calley-building-new-international-bridge <p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/rick-snyder">Governor Snyder</a> has been in office for eight months&hellip; and he has had quite a bit of success getting his proposals through the state legislature. However, the Governor has not been able to get many Republican lawmakers on-board with his proposal to build a new international bridge over the Detroit River. Thu, 25 Aug 2011 17:27:59 +0000 Zoe Clark 3915 at http://michiganradio.org Lt. Gov. Calley on building a new international bridge Coalition calls for community benefits in bridge project http://michiganradio.org/post/coalition-calls-community-benefits-bridge-project <p>A coalition of labor and business groups wants to guarantee certain benefits for the community near a planned bridge between Detroit and Windsor.</p><p>They&rsquo;re called community benefits agreements, and they&rsquo;re intended to make sure the neighborhoods that host major construction projects see things like jobs and parks &ndash; and not just pollution and traffic.</p> Fri, 01 Jul 2011 19:30:21 +0000 Sarah Hulett 3129 at http://michiganradio.org Coalition calls for community benefits in bridge project