Gov. Rick Snyder urges business people to support building second bridge in Detroit

Kathy Gray
Detroit Free Press Staff Writer

Gov. Rick Snyder urged business people in southwest Detroit to support building a second span connecting Detroit and Windsor over the Detroit River.

The state an agreement with Canada last week to get that done, but continuing challenges are expected from the Moroun family that owns the Ambassador Bridge and opposes the second, public-private span. The bridge company, which is spearheading a petition drive to require a vote of the people for the second span, is holding a press conference later today regarding the bridge.

“The point is not about just building a bridge,” said Snyder. “It’s about jobs and more international trade.”

Snyder promised that the state would work with Southwest Detroit to minimize the disruption from the construction a bridge.

“It’s a huge construction project and there will be disruption of neighborhoods,” he said. “We will work on that very diligently.”

He talked about training and apprentice programs to train area workers for the 10,000 anticipated construction jobs.

The next step for the second bridge is getting a presidential permit for the span because the federal government will be contributing millions for the border and customs facilities.

The application for the permit was sent last night and is expected to be approved by October, said Geralyn Lasher, spokeswoman for Snyder.