Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan
September 24, 2012
On Friday in Southwest Detroit, there was a sight for the sore eyes of the areas' residents: trucks traveling unimpeded from I-75 and I-96 to the Ambassador Bridge, rather than noisily idling on service drives and local roadways, spewing exhaust into the air. Now a series of onramps allows that traffic to flow smoothly from freeway to bridge, not from one neighborhood to the next.
It's a sight made possible thanks to the completion of the Gateway Project, undertaken by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) staff, consultants, and contracting crews. The project had been stalled for years due to legal wrangling with the owners of the Ambassador Bridge, the Detroit International Bridge Company (DIBC).
Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, who attended the project's grand opening, noted that the project's completion will greatly benefit the quarter-million Michigan workers whose jobs are supported by trade with Canada. However, he said, there is more work to be done:
The missing piece in that puzzle? The New International Trade Crossing connecting Detroit and Canada. It's a project that will open the door for increased trade between Michigan and our neighbor to the north -- and that means more and better jobs for the state. The project will create 10,000 construction-related jobs, and it will lay the foundation for a stronger economy and a brighter future for Michigan. The best part is that under the agreement, the bridge will be built by private industry, and the Canadian government will pay for Michigan's portion of the project. Learn more at BuildThisBridge.com.
As for the Gateway Project, its completion was met with great relief from local residents. The Detroit Free Press reports:
MDOT provides more details on the work that led to the completion of the project:
Today, that project is complete, a mere seven months after a Wayne County Circuit Court judge directed the DIBC to cede control of their portion of the $230 million project.