WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sixteen construction and transportation organizations, lead by the Associated Equipment Distributors (AED), are calling on US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to swiftly approve construction of the proposed New International Trade Crossing (NITC) between Detroit and Windsor, Ont.
In a Dec. 13 letter to the Obama administration coordinated by AED, organizations representing construction workers, contractors, suppliers, businesses, manufacturers, and highway users said that, “[w]hile the new bridge is expected to sustain and create millions of jobs in the United States once finished, there will be an immediate boost to the construction sector as this significant infrastructure project gets underway.”
The project is expected to support 10,000 to 15,000 direct construction jobs in Michigan alone, according to the AED.
“The entire Midwest relies on reliable transportation infrastructure at the Detroit-Windsor crossing to get goods to the market,” the letter stated.
The second bridge’s progress has been stalled in part by the Manuel Moroun, owner of the Ambassador Bridge, whose most recent attempt to delay construction via a ballot proposition was defeated by the people of Michigan last month.