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Deal Reached For Canada To Cover Costs Of U.S. Customs Plaza For New Bridge

Wednesday February 18th, 2015, 3:36pm

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

A new bridge between Windsor and Detroit moved a step closer Wednesday.

“I am pleased to confirm that following significant discussions with the United States and Michigan, Canada has now signed an Arrangement to ensure that the new publicly-owned bridge between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan can proceed without further delay,” said Canada’s Transport Minister Lisa Raitt.

“Under the terms of the Arrangement, the U.S. inspection plaza will be procured as part of the public-private partnership which will design, finance, construct, operate and maintain the Detroit River International Crossing / New International Trade Crossing project. The cost of the U.S. Port of Entry will be repaid from future toll revenues and not by Canadian taxpayers.”

The deal means that all elements of the project will be delivered through a public-private partnership. It also allows Canada and Michigan to move the project forward immediately to its next steps which include further design work and property acquisition on the U.S. side of the border.

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