Ambassador Bridge Company en Battle over new US-Canada bridge moves to court <p> DETROIT (AP) - The owner of the Ambassador Bridge is asking a judge to stop the U.S. Coast Guard from giving a permit for a new bridge connecting Michigan and Ontario.<br /><br />Lawyers for the bridge company say it has an exclusive right to provide a bridge between the U.S. and Canada. It wants to build its own second span. The Detroit Free Press says a federal judge in Washington could hold a hearing early in April.<br /> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 17:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16772 at Battle over new US-Canada bridge moves to court 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 Report: Proposed Detroit-Windsor bridge gets key permit Governor Snyder kicks off bus tour to talk about 6 ballot proposals <p>A giant tour bus outside the Grand Rapids hotel where <a href="">Governor Rick Snyder </a>spoke Monday says it all – vote yes on prop one and no on the rest.</p><p>Snyder, some business leaders and even an emergency financial manager will be on the bus for the four day tour. They’ll stop in towns throughout the state to discuss the proposals.</p><p>Governor Snyder says he’s trying to better inform voters about their options.</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 00:46:19 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9684 at Governor Snyder kicks off bus tour to talk about 6 ballot proposals Michigan election board deadlocks on 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 Michigan election board deadlocks on bridge ballot proposal Detroit Windsor Tunnel closing bad; bridge closing much worse <p><em>Updated</em></p><p>A reported bomb threat closed the Detroit Windsor Tunnel today for several hours. Almost all of the tunnel&rsquo;s traffic is passenger cars. Traffic was diverted to the only other alternative to cross the border, the Ambassador Bridge. Congestion slowed traffic.</p><p>It was certainly an inconvenience for travelers, but the economic impact of the tunnel closure was minimal.</p><p>However, if the Ambassador Bridge were closed for hours or days for any reason, it would be a much different story.</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 21:15:48 +0000 Lester Graham 8248 at Detroit Windsor Tunnel closing bad; bridge closing much worse Protesters briefly shut down Ambassador Bridge <p>Traffic on the Ambassador Bridge was backed up briefly coming into Detroit Thursday evening. That&rsquo;s because protesters targeting bridge owner Matty Moroun blocked traffic.</p><p>The demonstrators included a State Representative, members of the ongoing Occupy Detroit movement, union members and southwest Detroit residents. They&rsquo;re all angry at Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun&mdash;who they say has illegally seized land, ignored court orders, and bought political influence in Lansing and elsewhere.</p><p>Detroit resident Maya Williamson said the neighborhood is noisy and polluted because bridge traffic is forced onto residential streets&mdash;and she&rsquo;s tired of it.</p><p><em>&ldquo;The noise, and the traffic through the school area and through the neighborhoods&hellip;it&rsquo;s horrendous. There&rsquo;s gotta be a stop put to it, you know. You can&rsquo;t just trample over citizens for money,&quot;</em>said Williamson.</p><p>No protesters were arrested. They left after about an hour, chanting &ldquo;We&rsquo;ll be back.&rdquo; Fri, 28 Oct 2011 08:43:21 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4731 at Protesters briefly shut down Ambassador Bridge New attack on proposed new Detroit-Windsor bridge <p>The owners of the Ambassador Bridge are once again attacking Governor Snyder&rsquo;s&nbsp; push to build a new bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The company says experts it hired say the proposed bridge would not attract the billions in federal money promised by the governor and would end up costing Michigan taxpayers money.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Oct 2011 20:30:05 +0000 Steve Carmody 4440 at New attack on proposed new Detroit-Windsor bridge Republican leaders say a bridge vote will happen this fall <p>State Republican leaders say they hope to move forward in October with a proposal to build a publically owned second bridge between Detroit and Canada.</p><p>Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley says a second bridge would benefit businesses throughout the state.</p><p><em>&quot;Those entities that make things here, be they automobiles, furniture, chemicals, cereal or baby food or even Slinkys, all these things we make in Michigan, and agricultural products as well, Canadians buy more of that than anybody else in the world,&quot; said Calley.</em></p><p>He says a publically owned bridge that connects major highways on both sides of the river would keep exports streaming into Canada from Michigan.</p><p>Calley was on Mackinac Island over the weekend for a Michigan Republican Party conference.</p><p>He lobbied for the bridge project while there saying the bridge project is a conservative one that will be attractive to Republicans and Democrats alike.</p><p>The proposal has been unpopular with some Republicans who think a second bridge should be built by a private company. The owner of the existing bridge in Detroit was also at the Michigan Republican Party conference on Mackinac Island to try to influence lawmakers oppose a publically owned bridge.</p><p>Calley says he and Governor Rick Snyder are not deterred by campaigning against the project by the company that owns the existing bridge in Detroit.</p><p><em>&quot;[We&#39;re] making very steady progress and feel good about the track that it&#39;s on right now,&quot; said Calley. &quot;It&#39;s really always been more a matter of getting through all of the garbage on the TV ads, and simply articulating what the proposal is.&quot;</em></p><p>Calley says one of the biggest hurdles they face is countering the influence of the multi-million dollar ad campaign. The campaign is paid for by the owners of the existing Ambassador Bridge. Mon, 26 Sep 2011 15:52:49 +0000 Laura Weber 4308 at Republican leaders say a bridge vote will happen this fall Matt Moroun testifies against new bridge crossing <p>A member of the family that owns the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Canada testified before a state Senate committee in Lansing today.</p><p>He spoke with a handful of lawmakers who appear annoyed by conflicting information.</p><p>Matt Moroun told lawmakers that a proposal to build a publically owned bridge between Detroit and Canada is unnecessary because traffic is down, and tolls would not cover the construction costs.</p><p>But he also says the company is prepared to build a second bridge.</p><p>That prompted this question from Republican state Senator Geoff Hansen:</p><p><em>&ldquo;If you receive a permit, will you build a second span?&rdquo;</em></p><p>Moroun answered:</p><p><em>&ldquo;The next day we&rsquo;ll start. Promise.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Republican state Senator Mike Nofs asked why the Ambassador Bridge owners would want to build a second bridge.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Why would you build a second bridge the next day if you can&rsquo;t make the money? The tolls aren&rsquo;t going to be there. The traffic isn&rsquo;t going to be there,&quot; Nofs said. &quot;It&rsquo;s going to cost you a lot more money, and you have to expand the roadways on both sides, and you have a government against you apparently right now - Canada - why would you build a second span?&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Moroun says his family&rsquo;s company needs to build another bridge because the Ambassador Bridge is about 80 years old, and costs a lot of money to maintain.</p><p>Democratic state Senator Virgil Smith from Detroit says the Ambassador Bridge owners are controversial figures in the city.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;If you want to proceed with this &ndash; with the new project, with the new bridge &ndash; I think you&rsquo;re going to have to clean up a number of your actions in southeast Michigan to do so, or I don&rsquo;t see it happening no time soon,&quot; Smith said.</p></blockquote><p>Many state senators expressed frustration with what they view as a slew of contradictory studies about whether a publically owned bridge would be profitable to taxpayers, or a burden.</p><p>Hearings on the bridge issue will continue next week. Thu, 16 Jun 2011 21:39:45 +0000 Laura Weber 2926 at Matt Moroun testifies against new bridge crossing Conservative group putting pressure on GOP state lawmakers on new Detroit bridge <p>A conservative group against a proposed second bridge span between Detroit and&nbsp; Windsor, Ontario is running negative ads about the project in districts of Republicans who have not taken a stance against the bridge. They want voters to call and pressure the lawmakers to oppose Governor Rick Snyder&rsquo;s bridge proposal.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Scott Hagerstrom&nbsp;is with Americans for Prosperity-Michigan. He says the cost of a second bridge would fall to taxpayers, unless it is paid for completely by private money.</p> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 21:04:55 +0000 Laura Weber 2027 at Conservative group putting pressure on GOP state lawmakers on new Detroit bridge