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Thursday February 13th, 2014

Posted at 12:19pm

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The proposed twin span is seen in this promotional photo

The Ambassador Bridge has cleared a major hurdle towards building a twin span.

In a decision released this morning by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, the authorities involved with the project say it’s “not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.”

Transport Canada and the Windsor Port Authority were the authorities on the screening-type environmental assessment of the Ambassador Bridge Enhancement Project.

In the decision, the agency said “Transport Canada and the Windsor Port Authority may exercise any power or perform any duty with respect to the project. After taking into consideration the screening report, public comments, and any appropriate mitigation measures, the authorities are of the opinion that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.”

Implementation of mitigation measures is required for environmental effects on issues such as air quality, migration of birds, wildlife habitat and more.

The agency says “it was determined that a follow-up program to verify the accuracy of the environmental assessment and/or determine the effectiveness of any measures taken to mitigate the adverse environmental effects is required for this project.”

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