Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Liberals Give Go-Ahead for Construction of Ambassador Bridge Replacement

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Liberals Give Go-Ahead for Construction of Ambassador Bridge Replacement

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Liberals approve new border bridge

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OTTAWA - The federal government has given the green light for a new bridge connecting Ontario and Detroit to replace the aging Ambassador Bridge.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau says the private owner of the 87-year-old bridge, the busiest border crossing between Canada and the United States, can begin building a six-lane replacement bridge.

A release from Garneau's office says the Canadian Transit Company will have to manage impacts of construction on the local community, including when it dismantles the existing four-lane bridge once its replacement has opened.

The company says on its website that it plans to spend $1 billion US on the new span.

The Canadian Transit Company has long complained that Transport Canada was dragging its heels on approvals for the project as the federal government pursues its own six-lane international bridge over the Detroit River, just a few kilometres west of the Ambassador Bridge. …

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