Heartwell: “Travesty” to vote against Detroit bridge

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) – Mayor George Heartwell said Tuesday it would be a “travesty” to cast a vote against building a new bridge from Detroit to Canada.

“I know there are still legislators out there that are raising concerns about this, perhaps influenced by the pack of lies that we are hearing on the advertising,” Heartwell told the city commission this morning.

Heartwell says the commission has met with all local legislators, except Rep. Dave Agema, urging them to support the new bridge. Legislative hearings on the plan start Wednesday.

Andy Johnston of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce said the bridge means 109,000 jobs for West Michigan. The West Michigan “region actually benefits more from increased trade with Canada” than any other part of the state, Johnston said.