Michigan Chamber of Commerce backs Snyder plan for new Detroit-Windsor bridge

By Jeff T. Wattrick | MLive.com

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce has endorsed the New International Trade Crossing plan for a new Detroit-Windsor border crossing.

Sept. 21, Detroit News: Endorsement of the New International Trade Crossing by Michigan’s largest and most influential business organization is a major boost for Snyder and backers of the bridge, which include nearly all business and labor organizations in Michigan.

It further isolates Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel “Matty” Moroun, who opposes the public bridge across the Detroit River as an unfair encroachment by government on his private business. Moroun wants to use private money to build a second span beside his existing one.

The NITC—then called the Detroit River International Crossing—failed to win approval in the state legislature last fall. Newly elected Gov. Rick Snyder revived the bridge—conceived through a bi-national planning process—during his first State of the State address in January.

The state Senate is currently considering a bill to approve Snyder’s NITC plan.

The statewide Chamber’s endorsement follows the lead of several local Chambers of Commerce including the Detroit Regional Chamber, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Ann Arbor.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed the Detroit International Bridge Company’s proposal to twin the Ambassador Bridge.