The proposed bridge to Canada is bringing Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley to Kalamazoo

By Al Jones | MLive.com

KALAMAZOO, MI – What’s really happening with the effort to build a new bridge between Michigan and Canada?

Michigan Lt. Gov Brian Calley and Roy Norton, consul general of Canada-Detroit, are expected to explain when they address the Rotary Club of Kalamazoo on Oct. 29.

“They’re both going to talk about it,” said Rotary spokesman Jim Coyle.

He said they are expected to try to clear away misconceptions and falsehoods about the project in a presentation titled “Detroit International Trade Crossing.”

Gov. Rick Snyder and the government of Canada signed an inter-local agreement on June 15 authorizing the creation of the New International Trade Crossing. Since then, controversy has swirled about the necessity for and the costs associated with building the bridge.

Calley and Norton have been traveling the state to update various organization on the progress of the project, highlighting what they say is the need for the new trade crossing, and explaining what they say are the benefits for Michigan.

The Rotary meets at noon at the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites, 100 W. Michigan Ave. in downtown Kalamazoo.The cost of the luncheon event is $13 per person for Rotary members and their guests. Reservations are reuired by contacting Coyle at 269-370-7000. Those who wish to attend but are not Rotary members should contact Coyle for details.