Ambassador Bridge en Judge won't stop permit for Detroit-Canada bridge <p>DETROIT -- A federal judge won't stop the U.S. Coast Guard from issuing a permit for a new bridge between Canada and Michigan.</p><p><br />The Detroit Free Press reports that Judge Rosemary Collyer in Washington, D.C., disagreed with private owners of the existing bridge, who claim a permit would cause "irreparable harm." It was a defeat Friday for Manuel "Matty" Moroun, whose family controls the Ambassador Bridge and wants to build its own second span.<br /><br />Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Canada are trying to build a bridge over the Detroit River that would compete with the Ambassador Bridge. Canada is willing to pay for it and be reimbursed through tolls.<br /><br />The Moroun family says the bridge could take up to 75% of traffic from the Ambassador Bridge.</p><p> Sat, 31 May 2014 15:45:00 +0000 The Associated Press 17816 at Judge won't stop permit for Detroit-Canada bridge The future of Detroit's second bridge now hangs on the 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 The future of Detroit's second bridge now hangs on the Obama administration Canada waiting for U.S. to support bridge <p>Canadian officials are saying the proposed U.S.-Canadian bridge is not getting the U.S. funding it needs.</p><p>That could mean the New International Trade Crossing – the second bridge between Detroit and Windsor – could be postponed beyond the project’s 2020 completion date.</p><p>As Jim Lynch of the <a href="">Detroit News reports</a>, Canadian officials are offering up $630 million to build the new bridge.</p><p>The only thing the Canadians aren’t paying for is the customs office that would need to go on the U.S. side of the bridge.</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:01:11 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16658 at Canada waiting for U.S. to support bridge Will Matty Moroun be allowed to build 2nd bridge? <p>I heard something startling last weekend from a woman with whom I used to work. “So Matty Moroun is going to build a second bridge after all!” she said.<br /><br />To which I said a very profound&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">“huh?”&nbsp;</span></p><p>Oh yes, she said. She had read it in the newspaper. She said the Canadians had given him the go-ahead to build a second span, next to his Ambassador Bridge.</p><p>That didn’t make any sense to me, since I have talked to Canadian officials and diplomats about this for years. Suddenly, I realized what she was talking about.</p><p>There was a story in the<a href="" target="_blank"> papers </a>on Valentine’s Day saying that Moroun’s Detroit International Bridge Company had gotten environmental clearance from Canada for a new span.</p><p>Actually, it quoted officials of the bridge company as saying this. However, there were two problems with most versions of that story.</p><p>The minor problem is that what Moroun claimed – a claim reflected in the headlines – wasn’t quite true.</p><p>The Windsor Port Authority and Transport Canada did indeed issue a decision saying that a replacement for the Ambassador Bridge was unlikely to do serious damage to the environment. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:02:30 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16486 at Will Matty Moroun be allowed to build 2nd bridge? Consul: Canada to buy Detroit land for new bridge <p>DETROIT (AP) - A Canadian official says his government plans to start buying land in Detroit for the U.S. portion of a new bridge linking the nations. It's a way to bypass opponents of the project and overcome the U.S. government's failure to allocate the money.<br /><br />Outgoing Canadian Consul General Roy Norton tells the Detroit Free Press that the project is too important to delay.<br /><br />Canada is paying most of the project's $2 billion-plus cost on both the Windsor, Ontario, and the Detroit sides of the river, recouping costs from future tolls.<br /> Sun, 02 Feb 2014 22:21:39 +0000 The Associated Press 16276 at Consul: Canada to buy Detroit land for new bridge What's going on with the new bridge to 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 What's going on with the new bridge to Canada? Gov. Snyder blames Washington for 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 Gov. Snyder blames Washington for new bridge knots What's holding things up with the new bridge? <p></p><p>We’ve been thinking a lot about Detroit lately, for obvious reasons. Opinions differ, but pretty much everyone agrees on this: There are too few jobs and not enough money. Unemployment is high, the tax base is low. The city is officially bankrupt.</p><p>Yet there’s a project out there that should be a huge shot in the arm: The New International Trade Crossing Bridge. Estimates are that it will create at least 10,000 good paying jobs that will last four to five years. Ripple effects from those jobs will create thousands of others, some of which will be permanent.&nbsp;</p><p>Canada is going to pay nearly all the costs of the bridge and all Michigan’s costs, pumping nearly four billion dollars into the economy. Exactly what the doctor ordered. So … what’s holding things up?</p><p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:29:46 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15545 at What's holding things up with the new bridge? The week in review: Mackinac Policy Conference, Schauer runs for Governor, and the Ambassador Bridge <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Saturdays, Michigan Radio's </span>Rina<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Miller checks in with our political analyst, Jack </span>Lessenberry<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week,&nbsp;</span>Lessenberry<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> attended the </span>Mackinac<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Policy Conference.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He says one of the takeaways this year is that the business community is happy with the state's direction.</span></p> Sat, 01 Jun 2013 13:30:00 +0000 Rina Miller & Jack Lessenberry 12836 at The week in review: Mackinac Policy Conference, Schauer runs for Governor, and the Ambassador Bridge Canada scouts for property in Delray for new bridge <p>Get ready Michigan – Canada is taking serious steps toward building a new bridge over the Detroit River, according to <a href="">Dave Battagello from <em>The Windsor Star</em>:</a></p><blockquote><p><em>The Canadian government has dedicated $25 million in its recent budget to start buying property in Delray for the new Detroit River bridge, while U.S. federal administrators debate the size and scope of the customs plaza, Canada’s Consul General Roy Norton said Wednesday.</em></p></blockquote><p>If you aren’t familiar with the bridge project (known as the Detroit River International Crossing or the New International Trade Crossing) you certainly saw the <a href="">commercials for Proposal 6 last November</a>.</p><p><a href="">Proposal 6</a> was an attempt by Ambassador Bridge owner, Matty Moroun, to require voter approval for any bridge or tunnel between Michigan and Canada.</p><p>Proposal 6 did not pass and the new bridge is moving closer to reality. Thu, 23 May 2013 15:25:37 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12703 at Canada scouts for property in Delray for new bridge MDOT may lift ban on trucking hazardous materials across Ambassador Bridge <p>The Michigan Department of Transportation may remove a ban which prohibits truckers from carrying hazardous materials across the Ambassador Bridge.</p><p>Rob Morosi, an MDOT spokesman, says most of the items currently considered hazardous are just normal household materials.<br> Thu, 09 May 2013 20:05:56 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12495 at MDOT may lift ban on trucking hazardous materials across Ambassador Bridge Stateside for Monday, April 29th, 2013 <p></p><p>With approval by the U.S. State Department, the plan to build a new, second bridge from Detroit to Windsor is moving forward. On today's show we take a look at the community in Detroit where the bridge will be built.</p><p>Just what will happen to the Delray neighborhood? And, then, we'll speak with a woman who has hiked the shorelines of all five Great Lakes.<br><br>But first to the state Capitol, where we saw a flurry of voting last week as lawmakers put together the next state budget.</p><p>It's expected to total about $48 billion.</p><p><br>The Republican-controlled state House approved spending for schools and colleges as well as a budget to fund the rest of state government.</p><p>The state Senate, also controlled by Republicans, approved about half of its budget plan with more votes scheduled this week.</p><p>Now, these votes set the stage for negotiations between the two Chambers in May because the goal in Lansing is to get the budget complete by June 1st.</p><p>Joining us are Chad Livengood, Lansing reporter for The Detroit News, and Chris Gautz, Capitol Correspondent for Crain’s Detroit Business. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 21:26:46 +0000 Stateside Staff 12330 at Stateside for Monday, April 29th, 2013 How the bridge will affect Delray residents <p></p><p>The New International Trade Crossing has taken a big step closer to becoming reality.&nbsp;</p><p>Recently, the U.S. State Department approved the project which will allow the creation of a second span across the Detroit River from Detroit to Windsor.</p><p>The residents, business owners, and civic leaders in the Delray neighborhood have been watching the progress of this project very closely.</p><p>Delray is where the bridge would be built - where traffic would flow - and where life will change.<br><br>Will the bridge bring good things to the southwest Detroit neighborhood and its residents, or will their quality of life be sacrificed for the economic benefits to Michigan?</p><p>Simone <span class="st">Sagovac</span> is with the Southwest Detroit Community Benefits Coalition. Today, she told us how the new bridge will affect Delray residents and whether the two can exist.</p><p>Listen to the full interview above. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 21:25:56 +0000 Stateside Staff 12323 at How the bridge will affect Delray residents Commentary: Unsung heroes and the bridge <p></p><p>Three years ago, it seemed possible we’d never see a new bridge over the Detroit River. True, most businesses and corporations felt that one would definitely be needed.</p><p>The existing Ambassador Bridge is more than 80 years old, but carries 25 percent of all the trade between the United States and Canada -- more than $3 billion a week.</p><p>There is no backup for it, and even a temporary shutdown would wreak havoc on the economies of Michigan and Ontario.</p><p>But thanks to lavish campaign contributions, Manuel J. “Matty Moroun” had been able to effectively buy off the Michigan legislature, to the point where they would not even allow a vote on the issue.</p><p>Once, when I asked U.S. Senator Carl Levin if anything surprised him about Detroit, his answer was “the incredible power of Moroun.” Yet last Friday, there stood a triumphant Governor Rick Snyder with an array of Canadian officials.</p><p>Secretary of State John Kerry had just issued a presidential permit allowing a New International Trade Crossing Bridge to be built.</p><p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 14:55:18 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12139 at Commentary: Unsung heroes and the bridge Commentary: The latest on the bridge <p></p><p>Last year was a major milestone in the epic battle to get a new and badly needed bridge across the Detroit River. Frustrated by the Michigan Legislature’s unwillingness to even vote on the issue, Governor Rick Snyder found a legal way to bypass the lawmakers.</p><p>Snyder found a clause in the Michigan Constitution that allowed him to conclude an “interlocal” agreement with the government of Canada. This didn’t make Matty Moroun, the 85 year-old owner of the 84 year old Ambassador Bridge, happy.</p><p>Moroun then spent close to $40 million attempting to get Michigan voters to ratify a proposed state constitutional amendment that would have essentially given him monopoly control of our nation’s most important border crossing for all time.</p><p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 14:03:28 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12061 at Commentary: The latest on the bridge Commentary: The latest on the bridge <p></p><p>We haven’t heard much about the great Detroit River bridge debate since the November election. That’s when Michigan voters overwhelmingly rejected Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun’s attempt to amend the state constitution to preserve his monopoly.</p><p>Earlier last year, Governor Rick Snyder bypassed the Michigan legislature and used a little-known&nbsp; provision of the constitution to sign an agreement with Canada allowing for a New International Trade Crossing to be built south of the existing bridge.</p><p>The Ambassador Bridge is currently the only way heavy freight can be moved across the river, at least between Port Huron and Buffalo. The governor and virtually all business interests agree that a backup is essential.</p><p>So why aren’t shovels in the ground? Well, the short answer is bureaucracy.</p><p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 13:47:36 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 11172 at Commentary: The latest on the bridge Judge orders Ambassador Bridge owners to pay state $4.5M <p>DETROIT (AP) - A judge in Detroit has ordered the owners of the Ambassador Bridge to reimburse the state Department of Transportation $4.5 million for work done on a freeway-to-bridge project.<br><br>The Detroit Free Press reports Monday that Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Prentis Edwards made the order last week.<br><br>Edwards told bridge owner Manuel Moroun in 2010 to rebuild a ramp. Moroun was jailed earlier this year when the work was not done.<br><br>Edwards later ordered Transportation officials to take over the Detroit International Bridge Co.'s portion of the project.<br> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 00:55:25 +0000 The Associated Press 10412 at Judge orders Ambassador Bridge owners to pay state $4.5M Michigan governor to talk up new bridge in Canada <p>DETROIT (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder is returning to Canada to discuss plans for a second bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, nearly six months after signing the deal to build the Canadian-financed span.<br><br>The Republican governor will talk in Toronto on Monday about the New International Trade Crossing. He's there to speak at a conference on public-private partnerships and announce a pact with Great Lakes governors on a virtual Canada trade office.<br> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 16:22:04 +0000 The Associated Press 10039 at Michigan governor to talk up new bridge in Canada Commentary: Now just build the bridge <p>This has been a bad year for Matty Moroun, the billionaire owner of the Ambassador Bridge. In January, he was thrown in jail overnight, for failing to comply with court orders to live up to an agreement he’d signed to finish a road project near his bridge.</p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 16:24:59 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 9889 at Commentary: Now just build the bridge The election is over – so when are they going to build that 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 The election is over – so when are they going to build that bridge?