Canada's minister of Transport releases statement on proposition 6 on the Michigan Ballot

OTTAWA, Nov. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today issued this statement following the result of Proposition 6 on the Michigan ballot.

"The defeat of Proposition 6 clears the way for the construction of the new bridge across the Detroit River.

"This is good news for travellers, workers and industry on both sides of the border, who will benefit from the new publicly-owned bridge.

"The new bridge will attract new investments and business opportunities to boost our local and national economies and will result in much needed jobs for Ontario and Michigan communities. 

"The new crossing will also increase border capacity to handle future trade and travel growth, and will be built with the security of both our countries in mind.

"Our government has committed $550 million for the U.S. portion of the project, such as the construction of the I-75 interchange, which would normally be paid by the State of Michigan.

"This new crossing will be jointly owned by Michigan and Canada.  Once the builder and Canada have fully recouped their investment from tolls, Michigan and Canada will enjoy an equal share of the toll revenues.

"We will continue to work with the Obama Administration and our partners in Ontario and Michigan to obtain the necessary Presidential Permit to allow this important bridge to proceed.

"Together we will get the job done and build a bridge for the future."

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SOURCE: Government of Canada

For further information:

Geneviève Sicard
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
Ottawa
613-991-0700