Gongwer News Service

Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, Honda and Toyota all back a new trade crossing over the Detroit River, but call it the New International Trade Crossing project, not the Detroit River International Crossing, according to a press release issued by Governor Rick Snyder on Thursday.

“To compete as a world-class community, we strongly support the construction of any new crossings to improve traffic flow and reduce or eliminate congestion. We also need this crossing to be built expeditiously. For these reasons we support Michigan’s New International Trade Crossing,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Company.

“Greater traffic flow and border crossing capacity gives our U.S. and Canadian manufacturing operations more flexibility to meet the needs of U.S. consumers,” said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America.

The release highlighted Mr. Snyder’s agreement with the federal government to use the $550 million the Canadian government has offered the state for DRIC as part of its federal match for transportation infrastructure funding