How Important is the Blue Water Bridge to Business and Trade?

Nationally:
  • One of the United States' busiest border crossings for both trucks and cars.
  • In 2005, over $38 billion in goods crossed the Blue Water Bridge by truck, over $100 million per day.
  • Approximately 14 percent of the truck trade between the United States and Canada crosses the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron.
  • In 2000, automotive-related trade accounted for $58 billion of the $93 billion in total Ontario exports to the central eastern U.S. (mainly Michigan) as well as $28 billion of $74 billion of Ontario imports from central eastern U.S.1
  • A key link in keeping the automobile industry and other industries working.
Locally:
  • Trucks from St. Clair County that trade with Canada represent 4.6 percent of all trucks crossing the Blue Water Bridge. Export sales from St. Clair County to Canada were more than $857.3 million in 2006, or nearly $2.4 million per day.
  • Port Huron area businesses and agencies transport goods and people across the border, and benefit from the bridge and plaza the same way businesses outside the Port Huron area do.
  • Based on an estimated construction cost of $232 million for the "City West Alternative," the study team estimates that 4,220 jobs will be created over a five-year construction period. While most of these jobs will be short-term construction jobs, many will be in the skilled trades: carpenters, masons, electricians, etc.
  • The Blue Water Bridge Plaza has approximately 485 federal, state, and private business employees. Most of these employees live in the Port Huron area.
  • More than 15,000 cars and trucks cross the Blue Water Bridge on an average day. 2

1Transportation and Trade, Chapter 7 of Transportation in Canada. Transport Canada, 2002.

2Ontario-Michigan Border Crossing Traffic Study-Technical Report. Michigan Department of Transportation, 2001. and NRS/MTO Commercial Vehicle Survey, 1999/2000.