New Detroit River Bridge Gets Presidential Permit

Friday April 12th, 2013

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Image from 2008 DRIC Study of the “Preferred Concept” for a new crossing

The W-E Parkway is one step closer to connecting to a new bridge. The US federal government has issued a “presidential permit” to build a new Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) bridge.

West Windsor MP Brian Masse has issued a statement on the new crossing announcement:

With the issuing of the Presidential Permit for the new public crossing connecting Windsor-Detroit we have cleared an important hurdle in the process to add meaningful and necessary border capacity through our region. This is a significant next step and I am happy to see this project moving forward.

As we enter into this next phase we need to ensure that our investment develops into a signature infrastructure project yielding economic benefits for the host communities as well as the entire North American economy.

I will continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure that the new crossing is accountable to the public and enhances the economic, environmental and cultural prosperity and partnership of both Canada and the United and our regional border community.

The new bridge is expected to take up to seven years to build, will cost $950 million — to be paid by Canada entirely — and will use North American steel. Construction of the actual bridge span is expected to begin in about two years.

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