LANSING, MI, Nov. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Lisa Raitt,
Canada's Minister of Transport and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder met in
Lansing, Michigan to discuss the progress and the next steps towards
the building of the Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) / New
International Trade Crossing (NITC) project.
Both the Minister and the Governor reiterated their strong commitment to
move the new publicly-owned crossing forward as soon as possible.
Since the issuance of the presidential permit in April 2013, Canada
and Michigan have undertaken further design, planning, and due
diligence work. Geotechnical and foundation engineering as well as the
property acquisition process are continuing on both sides of the
border. Several environmental mitigation measures including the
installation of snake fencing, the relocation of species at risk plants
and breeding birds and vegetative surveys have already been completed
in Canada. On the U.S. side, the partners are completing titles
searches for properties needed for the U.S. port of entry. The State
has also obtained the requisite Michigan Department of Environmental
Quality (MDEQ) permit and has completed its application for the Coast
Guard navigational permit. As well, both Canada and Michigan continue
to meet with border agencies to advance the design of the new
"International projects of this magnitude and complexity require a great
deal of planning and due diligence work on both sides of the border,"
said Minister Raitt. "The new Windsor-Detroit crossing will facilitate
cross-border trade, provide thousands of much needed jobs, will help
ensure continued economic growth, and is one of the top infrastructure
priorities for Canada."
"The NITC will be a testament to our enduring ability to achieve great
things," said Governor Snyder. "Since the issuance of the presidential
permit, Canada and Michigan have continued to strengthen both their
partnership and working relationship to ensure that their shared vision
of a vibrant future is fully and timely realized. This project
strengthens Michigan's position to excel in the global economy and
we're committed to moving it forward aggressively."
The new Detroit River crossing will help existing businesses as well as
foster new business opportunities on both sides of the border. The
project also demonstrates how the Governments of the United States and
Canada are working together to enhance our security and accelerate the
legitimate flow of people, goods and services between our two
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Michigan Governor's Office
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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