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:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities