Gateway Project http://michiganradio.org en State announces milestone in long-delayed Gateway Project http://michiganradio.org/post/state-announces-milestone-long-delayed-gateway-project <p>State officials celebrated a <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120515/NEWS01/120515032/Ah-silence-Southwest-Detroit-celebrates-new-truck-ramp-from-Ambassador-Bridge?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s">major milestone toward finishing the long-delayed Gateway Project</a> Tuesday.</p><p>They opened a road that will route trucks directly to the Ambassador Bridge from surrounding highways.</p><p>The Gateway Project is meant to better connect the bridge and highways. It&rsquo;s also supposed to keep heavy truck traffic out of southwest Detroit neighborhoods.</p> Tue, 15 May 2012 21:58:27 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7482 at http://michiganradio.org State announces milestone in long-delayed Gateway Project Gateway Project: Thousands of trucks moving off streets in southwest Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/gateway-project-thousands-trucks-moving-streets-southwest-detroit <p>As part of the work on the &quot;Gateway Project,&quot; the Michigan Department of Transportation opened an access road that will move truck traffic coming from Canada over the Ambassador Bridge directly on to nearby highways.</p><p>Prior to the road opening, trucks had to drive on secondary streets in southwest Detroit to get to the highways.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120514/NEWS01/120514098/New-truck-road-connects-Ambassador-Bridge-to-expressways-opens-early">Detroit Free Press </a>reports the road opened yesterday, and a ceremony for the opening is planned for today.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120515/METRO05/205150375/MDOT-opens-Gateway-Project-access-road?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit News</a> reports the opening comes 5 days ahead of schedule, but because of the legal battles around the Gateway Project, the road opening is really years behind schedule.</p><blockquote><p>In actuality, the opening of the access road comes about four years behind schedule because of protracted legal battles between MDOT and the Detroit International Bridge Co. over the $230 million Gateway Project.</p><p>When completely finished, the project will remove up to 10,000 trucks a day from secondary streets in southwest Detroit and move them directly to and from the Ambassador Bridge plaza to nearby freeways.</p></blockquote><p>The project was supposed to be a partnership between MDOT and the Detroit International Bridge Company, but a judge found the DIBC to be in civil contempt of court after the company didn&#39;t follow the judge&#39;s orders to complete the project.</p><p>On March 8, <span class="shortdesc">the judge ordered the DIBC to cede control of its portion of the project and ordered MDOT to complete the remaining work.</span></p><p>MDOT says 95 percent of the new truck route is completed, and about 20 percent of the overall project is completed. When will it be finished? MDOT says their goal is to be done with the project &quot;<font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1"><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,4616,7-151-9621_11008_45614-273792--,00.html#Question6">within a year and hopefully much sooner.</a>&quot;</font></p><p><font color="BLACK" face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" size="-1">Here&#39;s MDOT&#39;s take </font>on the overall project:</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrWb0lYPcmc&amp;feature=player_embedded Tue, 15 May 2012 13:35:20 +0000 Mark Brush 7471 at http://michiganradio.org Gateway Project: Thousands of trucks moving off streets in southwest Detroit Commentary: A Moroun Amendment? http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-moroun-amendment <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">You have to give Matty Moroun, the 84-year-old owner of the Ambassador Bridge, credit for something. To steal the old Timex watch slogan, he takes a licking and keeps on ticking.</font></font></font></font></p> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 16:15:43 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 7153 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: A Moroun Amendment? Commentary: Tale of Two Bridges http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-tale-two-bridges <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Some interesting construction is going on down by the Detroit River, and more is about to start. Michigan Department of Transportation crews have been pouring concrete to finish a long-overdue road. Next week more crews will swing into action.</font></font></font></font></p> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 14:50:01 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6978 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Tale of Two Bridges Detroit International Bridge Company appeals judge's Gateway Project ruling http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-international-bridge-company-appeals-judges-gateway-project-ruling <p>The Detroit International Bridge Company is<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120330/BUSINESS06/120330035/Detroit-International-Bridge-Co-appeals-Gateway-project-Moroun?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE"> challenging a court ruling</a> that removes its control over a key construction project.</p><p>Earlier this month, a judge ordered the Michigan Department of Transportation to completely take over the Gateway Project.</p><p>The project is intended to better connect the Ambassador Bridge and nearby highways.</p> Sat, 31 Mar 2012 19:33:58 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6863 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit International Bridge Company appeals judge's Gateway Project ruling Judge strips power from Ambassador Bridge owners in construction dispute http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-strips-power-ambassador-bridge-owners-construction-dispute <p>A judge has <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120308/BUSINESS06/120308013/matty-moroun-gateway-hearing?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">stripped the company that owns the Ambassador Bridge of control over a key construction project</a>, and transferred total control to the project&rsquo;s joint partner, the Michigan Department of Transportation.</p><p>Judge Prentis Edwards had found Detroit International Bridge Company (DIBC) officials in contempt of court for delaying the Gateway Project.</p> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 02:05:55 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6565 at http://michiganradio.org Judge strips power from Ambassador Bridge owners in construction dispute Judge edges toward insurance co. takeover of bridge project http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-edges-toward-insurance-co-takeover-bridge-project <p>A Wayne County judge says the insurance company that issued the bonds for construction known as the &ldquo;Gateway Project&rdquo; at the Ambassador Bridge should prepare to take a bigger role in the project.</p><p>That could mean taking over the project &ndash; which has been hamstrung by a dispute between the bridge company and the state.</p> Thu, 07 Jul 2011 22:09:32 +0000 Sarah Hulett 3201 at http://michiganradio.org Judge edges toward insurance co. takeover of bridge project Ambassador Bridge owners vow to wrap up disputed Gateway Project http://michiganradio.org/post/ambassador-bridge-owners-vow-wrap-disputed-gateway-project <p>The owners of the Ambassador Bridge say a disputed construction project will get done by a court-imposed January 2012 deadline.</p><p>The Detroit International Bridge Company and the Michigan Department of Transportation <a href="http://www.tollroadsnews.com/node/4584">have been in court for two years over the Gateway Project</a>, a disputed construction project meant to better connect the bridge with surrounding highways</p> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 21:48:01 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 2980 at http://michiganradio.org Ambassador Bridge owners begin demolition on contested construction project http://michiganradio.org/post/ambassador-bridge-owners-begin-demolition-contested-construction-project <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 22:19:09 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 858 at http://michiganradio.org Ambassador Bridge owners begin demolition on contested construction project Bridge dispute claims a Detroit business http://michiganradio.org/post/bridge-dispute-claims-detroit-business <pre>The owner of the <a href="http://www.ambassadorbridge.com/">Ambassador Bridge</a> and the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/">Michigan Department of Transportation</a> are back in court over a disputed construction project. One Detroit business owner says that project is forcing him out. Lafayette Bait and Tackle is literally stranded here in the midst of the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,1607,7-151-9621_11008_45614---,00.html">Gateway Project</a>, as trucks rumble overhead. That project was a $230 million effort to better connect the Ambassador Bridge to surrounding highways. It’s also the subject of a long-running legal dispute. The Michigan Department of Transportation says the Ambassador Bridge Company violated project plans when it built entrance ramps and a duty-free plaza. The Bridge Company has lost several rounds in court. But the ongoing legal drama has left Lafayette Bait and Tackle cut off from the surrounding neighborhood. Business owner Dean Aytes says his landlord hasn’t paid the taxes on the property. And a lawyer for bridge owner Mattsay Moroun says the landlord has now agreed to sell the property. Aytes says that means the shop will have to close for good. He says “that billionaire, Matty Moroun, put me out of business.”</pre> <p> Wed, 08 Dec 2010 22:58:26 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 515 at http://michiganradio.org Bridge dispute claims a Detroit business