It’s time for Michigan to act

By Patrick J. Flannery, The Windsor Star

In the April 25, 2012, edition of the Detroit News, Matthew Moroun, son of “Matty” Moroun and vice-president of the Detroit International Bridge Company, called his company’s bid to place the question of the New International Trade Crossing on the ballot “a risky move.”

It is hardly that, since he is well aware that the state cannot purchase ads to counter his campaign of deceptive, disinformation ads that his company aired when the legislature was supposedly considering the question.

If this proposal is allowed on the ballot, the DIBC will have months to saturate the airwaves and newsprint with more of their misleading ads. Since he has already purchased the loyalty of the legislature with his campaign contributions, the governor needs to step up and find some way to get this bridge built.

Canada does not want Moroun’s bridge built through the middle of Windsor. Moroun’s bridge plan is to “twin” the Ambassador Bridge and funnel traffic along an already crowded Huron Church Road with at least 16 traffic lights between the bridge and Ontario’s Highway 401.

There are more traffic lights on the 12 kilometers of Huron Church Road and Highway 3 than all the rest of the Toronto-Windsor-Detroit-Florida trip combined. This is hardly economical.

Ontario has already pledged to step up financially to ensure the construction of the NITC along a route that is less disruptive to the community. The NITC route quickly moves truck traffic off of I-75, across the bridge and onto a roadway without traffic lights, directly connecting to Ontario’s Highway 401.

The NITC can only benefit the economy of the region. If we fail to act, the bridge could end up being built in northern New York, leaving Detroit and southeastern Michigan on the sidelines.

It’s time for those members of the business community who support the NITC to speak up and purchase their own ads to counter the DIBC’s falsehoods.

It’s also time for the legislature to start acting in the best interests of the people they are supposed to represent, not the person who purchased their vote.