Governor Says New International Bridge Crossing In Detroit Would Help Agriculture Up North

Interlochen Public Radio

By Laura Weber

Governor Rick Snyder is in the Upper Peninsula this week meeting with business and community leaders. He will also tour the Soo Locks and hold a few townhall meetings.

The governor may spend part of his time in the U.P. convincing people that a publically owned bridge in southeast Michigan could help business in the north.

A spokeswoman for Governor Snyder says many business owners in the U.P. – particularly business owners in agriculture – understand that a publically owned bridge between Detroit and Canada could help business throughout the state. Lt. Governor Brian Calley says the Snyder Administration wants to have the project approved by the Legislature before the end of the year.

Meanwhile, a handful of lawmakers tour the proposed site of the new bridge today in Detroit. They’re spending the day discussing the project with Canadian officials, business leaders who want the bridge built, and owners of the Ambassador Bridge, who would like to stop the project from moving forward.

State Senate hearings on the bridge issue will continue when lawmakers return to the state Capitol next week.