Time line of the Gateway dispute

Mid-1990s: The Michigan Department of Transportation starts planning how to connect the Ambassador Bridge directly to I-75 and I-96 to ease border crossing and remove trucks from Detroit surface streets.

2004: MDOT signs an agreement with the Manuel (Matty) Moroun-controlled Detroit International Bridge Co. (DIBC) to build the Gateway project, with completion expected in 2008: MDOT and the DIBC are responsible for separate pieces of the project.

2009: MDOT sues the DIBC for not building its part according to an agreed-upon design.

February 2010: Wayne County Circuit Judge Prentis Edwards rules against the DIBC and orders it to rebuild its portion, even if it means ripping out a duty-free facility at the cost of millions of dollars.

January 2011: Edwards, finding the DIBC in civil contempt of court for not complying with his order, jails DIBC President Dan Stamper for a few hours to try to force compliance.

November 2011: Edwards rules that the DIBC is still in civil contempt for noncompliance.

Jan. 12: Edwards jails Moroun and Stamper for civil contempt.

Jan. 13: Michigan Court of Appeals panel frees the men but says Edwards was within his power to jail them.

Feb. 8: Moroun sets up an outside committee to oversee the Gateway project, hoping to show that the Moroun family can no longer control it.

Thursday: Edwards rejects the notion that the DIBC is sincere and orders MDOT to seize control of the Gateway project from the bridge company.