Traffic down to one lane in both directions on Ambassador Bridge

James Sutherland, a truck driver who routinely crosses the Ambassador Bridge, said Tuesday afternoon’s backup was the worst he had seen in years.

“They really don’t care about trucks even though we pay most of his salary,” Sutherland said, referring to bridge owner Matty Moroun. “If Matty had built this right the first time we wouldn’t have had this issue.”

Traffic slow on Ambassador bridge because of construction

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Beatrice Fantoni

Motorists encounteed delays crossing the Ambassador Bridge on Tuesday afternoon because of construction on the Detroit side of the crossing.

Alan Upchurch, a spokesman for the Ambassador Bridge company confirmed that construction on the Gateway project – which is now being completed by the Michigan Department of Transportation – is responsible for lane closures on the bridge. As of Tuesday afternoon, traffic was down to one lane in both directions on the bridge.

James Sutherland, a truck driver who routinely crosses the Ambassador Bridge, said Tuesday afternoon’s backup was the worst he had seen in years.

“All I can see is traffic,” Sutherland said on the phone from his 53-foot trailer after already waiting 40 minutes on Huron Church Road after passing the Advanced Border Processing Centre near E.C. Row Expressway. “It’s every man for himself.”

According to the Canadian Border Services Agency border wait times website, no delays were predicted for cars crossing from Detroit to Windsor. As of 4:50 p.m., trucks could expect to wait 10 minutes at the border.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency listed no wait time for passenger vehicles entering the U.S. and 15 minutes for trucks, as of 4 p.m. Tuesday. Lanes for processing trucks and passenger vehicles were down to eight.

“They really don’t care about trucks even though we pay most of his salary,” Sutherland said, referring to bridge owner Matty Moroun. “If Matty had built this right the first time we wouldn’t have had this issue.”

Earlier this month, a Wayne County District Court judge ruled the MDOT would take over construction of the Gateway project, which is meant to streamline bridge traffic onto local expressways via a series of new ramps. Judge Prentis Edwards ruled that the bridge company was purposely holding up the work.

As part of the construction, Pier 19, known as the “ramp to nowhere” is being dismantled. The ramp, built by the bridge company, was supposed to lead to a second span of the bridge.

In a press release on Tuesday afternoon, the bridge company blamed MDOT for undertaking the construction without a traffic flow plan.