Gov. Rick Snyder's statement regarding Canada's approval of the Ambassador Bridge Enhancement Project

Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017

LANSING, Mich. – “There is no question that the Windsor-Detroit gateway is the busiest commercial land border crossing between Canada and the United States. Canada and Michigan are committed to ensuring sufficient capacity to maintain an efficient trade corridor that can handle trade and traffic growth for the long-term, benefitting Canadians and U.S. citizens for generations to come.”

Today’s announcement reflects that reality and also addresses the physical limitations of the 87-year-old Ambassador Bridge by calling for a replacement span, rather than the construction of a ‘twin’ span. However, construction on a replacement span would not begin unless and until further governmental approvals in the U.S. are obtained and several conditions established by Canada are met. Canada’s announcement today also reaffirms the plans for the Gordie Howe International Bridge, which is on schedule to begin significant construction in 2018. I appreciate the continued partnership with Canada in making the Gordie Howe International Bridge a major infrastructure priority."