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State Transportation Commission supports NITC

Contact: Jeff Cranson, MDOT Office of Communications 517-335-3084
Agency: Transportation

June 28, 2012 -- Meeting in Sault Ste. Marie, the State Transportation Commission (STC) today unanimously approved a resolution supporting Gov. Snyder's plan to build the New International Trade Crossing (NITC) bridge across the Detroit River. The STC establishes transportation policy for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).

"The Michigan State Transportation Commission agrees with Gov. Snyder that the NITC is a unique opportunity for Michigan that will support new trade, create new jobs and provide additional funds for our roads without costing Michigan taxpayers," states the resolution that commissioners adopted by a 5-0 vote.

"Our work to rebuild Michigan begins with shoring up our foundation, our roads and bridges," said STC Chairman Jerry Jung. "Accepting a deal with Canada, our most important trading partner, to improve the flow of commerce by adding another border crossing dovetails nicely with that goal. And this investment comes with neither cost nor risk to state taxpayers."

The resolution notes that the NITC project will create 10,000 immediate jobs, add more than 30,000 associated jobs during construction, and retain an additional 25,000 long-term jobs.

Canada is Michigan's largest trading partner with more than $70 billion in two-way trade. More than 221,500 Michigan jobs are trade-related, including 1 in 7 jobs in west Michigan and 1 in 8 jobs in southeast Michigan.

Trade with Canada, however, is hampered by Detroit being "the biggest bottleneck in the entire Pan-American freeway system with no freeway-to-freeway connection," the resolution says. The NITC will provide a "direct freeway-to-freeway connection that will attract more business to Michigan and provide a much-needed economic boost to the region."

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