Governor predicts bridge approval

Snyder eyes October go-ahead

By Bob Duff, The Windsor Star

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he not only remains confident that state legislators will approve a second Detroit River bridge, he anticipates it will happen in short order.

Snyder, who attended Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway, said in an interview that he believes the Michigan government will approve construction of the new $1 billion bridge this fall, even though there appears to be strong opposition to the project among members of Snyder’s Republican Party.

“October is the month of infrastructure for the state of Michigan, when we’re giving a special message,” Snyder said. “I can tell you that our goal is to get something going on that bridge authority by October of this year.”

Groundbreaking on the $1.6 Windsor-Essex Parkway took place last week. The bridge is the other key element in the Detroit River International Crossing project.

“I believe it’s going to happen and I’m excited, and we’re going to have a great crossing to make it a lot easier for a lot more great Canadians to visit Michigan and vice-versa,” Snyder said.

Pointing to the number of Canadians who attend NA-SCAR races in Michigan – MIS estimates that total to be around 17,000 per race – Snyder listed it as one of the many reasons why a third border crossing is essential to the area.

“I want to give a particular shout out to our Canadian fans,” Snyder said. “We’re working hard to get a bridge built to make it easier for (Canadians) to get here.”

The proposed DRIC bridge would link Brighton Beach with Delray, Mich. It is opposed by the private owners of the Ambassador Bridge.

Snyder was at MIS to proclaim August as motorsports month in Michigan.