Report: Proposed Detroit-Windsor bridge gets key permit

Apr 12, 2013

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.

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. .

A forty year old federal law gives the State Department the authority to approve international bridges.

The permit is seen as a key step in the 2 billion dollar bridge project.  

The permit could also be bad news for the efforts of the owners of the Ambassador Bridge to derail the project.  They have already filed suit challenging the constitutionality of the way the State Department handled the permit.

If the bridge project survives the legal challenge to its permit, it could still take another five to ten years before construction is complete.