Coalition for the New International Trade Crossing

The following is a response to Judge Edwards’ ruling the Detroit International Bridge Company in contempt of court and ordering Manual “Matty” Moroun and Dan Stamper to jail over their refusal to comply with the court order to build the Gateway Project as agreed to. 

Attribute the response to Tom Shields, Spokesperson for the Coalition for the New International Trade Crossing:

Moroun and Stamper are in jail where they belong. You cannot continue to ignore a judge’s court order for two years and think that some tricky legal maneuver will allow you to avoid responsibility.

Moroun has never made a promise he wasn’t willing to break. Given Moroun’s track record – how any legislator could actually believe they would live up to their promise to build a second span is beyond me.

The Michigan legislature should take this opportunity to revisit the legislation authorizing the New International Trade Crossing (NITC). If they don’t move forward to approve the project, the Governor should approve the NITC administratively.

Michigan needs a new international bridge to Canada to serve it’s largest trading partner, create and support jobs, and maintain the Detroit/Windsor Corridor as the most important trade crossing in North America.


The New International Trade Crossing (NITC) Coalition is a group of more than 120 business, labor, community leaders and organizations representing more than 10,000 businesses and hundreds of thousands of Michigan employees supporting the building of the publicly owned Detroit-Windsor bridge.