Ambassador Bridge company gets nod for new bridge to Canada, with a catch

Posted at 10:39 PM, Sep 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-06 22:39:35-04

The Detroit International Bridge Company received International Bridge and Tunnels Act Permit Approval on Wednesday night.

The company released a statement on behalf of Matthew Moroun:

We especially thank Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canada for issuance of the final permit supporting our Company to make this major investment in international infrastructure. There have been many challenges our company has faced over the years in pursuit of this moment. We are now tasked with the duty to construct a privately funded bridge with the hard work of thousands of engineers, steel workers, construction experts that will be employed to deliver this once in a lifetime project.

We know there are those who never thought our permit would be approved. Hopefully, now we can all come together and take pride in watching a new bridge rise across the shared border between our great nations.

There will be some conditions from the Canadian government.

Canada Transport released a statement via the Canadian Newswire:

The conditions include the dismantling of the existing bridge when the replacement bridge is open, improving local infrastructure, creating new public green spaces, and protecting the environment and considering Indigenous interests.

The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of ensuring the continued flow of trade and travellers between Windsor and Detroit, one of the most important Canada-United States border crossings. The construction of the replacement Ambassador Bridge together with the Gordie Howe International Bridge project will ensure that Canadians continue to benefit from the efficient movement of people and goods at this crossing while providing infrastructure improvements for the local community.

7 Action News tracked down some Detroiters with mixed emotions about the bridge’s removal.

"I though it was going to be a bridge for the trucks and bridge for the vehicles that way it makes passing by easier,” said Detroit resident, Steven Hill. "I think they should leave it up.”

"I think it's beautiful and it's been here for years I think it needs to stay,” said resident Chelsea Holland. 

"I'm not too saddened, hopefully the new one is nicer,” said resident, Brent Borgart.

Canada is also moving forward with their plans to build another international bridge, the Gordie Howe International Bridge.