Michigan lawmakers tour new, old bridge sites
Michigan state lawmakers are on a fact finding mission on Monday for the proposed new bridge between Windsor, Ont. and Detroit, Mich.
Republican Sen. Mike Kowall, chairman of the state Senate's Economic Development Committee, organized the trip to educate officials on the issue, said Kowall.
The group will meet with representatives of the Ambassador Bridge, the planners for the New International Bridge Crossing and residents on both sides of the border.
Windsor mayor Eddie Francis planned to make a presentation when they arrive in Windsor Monday afternoon.
Brian Masse, Windsor West MP, was also planning to attend.
"Hopefully we'll be able to educate the members about the importance of the border crossing," Masse said. "[For] myself, there is no debate between either project because the Ambassador Bridge has not been selected and the DRIC process is the only one that can go forward for a new border crossing."
Ron Jones, the city councillor who represents west Windsor where the new bridge is to be built, said he hopes everyone gets the correct facts.
"One of the historians in that area [sic] can tell the value of Sandwich Town, the historic nature of Sandwich Towne," said Jones. "It goes back well over 200 years."
The Michigan Senate is expected to vote on whether to build a new Windsor-Detroit bridge in the fall.
Gov. Rick Snyder and many businesses support building a new Detroit-Windsor bridge to aid passenger and commercial traffic.
It would be backed by private investors, and Michigan would rely on $550 million from Canada for related improvements.
Officials of the privately owned Ambassador Bridge oppose the new bridge.
With files from The Associated Press.