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Hazardous Materials Routing

MDOT conducted a study to better understand and evaluate the risks associated with transportation of hazardous materials on the Ambassador Bridge from Porter Street to Canada should any of the existing restrictions be changed. Current non-radioactive hazardous materials (NRHM) route restrictions for the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit include Class 1 (explosives), Class 3 (flammable liquids), Division 6.2 (infectious substances), Class 7 (radioactive materials), and Class 8 (corrosive substances). These current designations have been in place since April 2, 2014. MDOT is the authorized agency responsible for all NRHM routing designations and restrictions or requirements in the state of Michigan.

The Detroit International Bridge Co. has proposed the following changes: retain existing restrictions for Class 1 (explosives), Division 6.2 (infectious substances), and Class 7 (radioactive materials) from transport over the Ambassador Bridge and allow Class 3 (flammable liquids) and Class 8 (corrosive substances) to be transported over the Ambassador Bridge.

The proposed recommendations address public safety while seeking to ensure continuity of movement as not to impede or unnecessarily delay the transportation of hazardous materials.

Public Letters April - December 2023

The following is a list of public letters MDOT received regarding the proposed changes to the transportation of hazardous materials on the Ambassador Bridge from Porter Street to Canada.

 

Received from Title or Organization Description
Alabas A. Farhat State Representative Letter in support
Andrew Bashi Staff Attorney, Great Lakes Environmental Law Center Joint letter not in support (signed by Debbie Dingell, Rashida Tlaib, Stephanie Chang, Darrin Camilleri, and Gabriela Santiago-Romero)
Andrew Beeler State Representative Letter in support
Andrew Beeler State Representative Second letter in support
Andrew Carlisle DTW, Inc. Letter in support
Andrew Fink State Representative Letter in support
Andrew Fink State Representative Second letter in support
Apala Mukherjee BASF Canada Joint letter in support
Aric Nesbitt State Senate Republican Leader Letter in support
Aric Nesbitt State Senate Republican Leader Second letter in support
Belda Garza Former State Representative Letter in support
Bill Schuette State Representative Letter in support
Bob Tucker Macomb County Resident Letter in support
Brenda Baker AAR Windsor Aircraft Services Letter in support
Britton Mullen President, Border Trade Alliance Letter in support
Bryan Posthumus State Representative Republican Leader Letter in support
Bryan Posthumus State Representative Republican Leader Second letter in support
Christhian Cervantes Michigan Resident Letter in support
Fred Durhal III Detroit City Council Member, District 7 Letter in support
Dan Lauwers State Senate Republican Floor Leader Letter in support
Dan Lauwers State Senate Republican Floor Leader Second letter in support
Dr. Sheila Chung Edison neighborhood resident Letter in support
Edith Colon Detroit Resident Letter in support
Erika Geiss State Senator, District 1 Joint letter requesting hearing
Erika Geiss State Senator, District 1 Joint letter requesting hearing, not in support of lifting restrictions
Eva Garza Dewaelsche President and CEO, SER Metro Letter in support
Evelyn Sanchez Detroit Resident Letter in support
Fred Feliciano F2 Solutions Group Letter in support
Gabriela Santiago-Romero Detroit City Council Member, District 6 Letter not in support
George Davis President/CEO, Safe and Secure Detroit Letter in support
Gloria Jones Detroit Resident Letter in support
Gloria Salazar Detroit Resident Letter in support
Gracian Bucu Macomb County Resident Letter in support
Gregg M. Ward Gregg M. Ward Consulting LLC Letter not in support
Helena Scott State Representative Letter in support
Helena Scott State Representative Second letter in support
Irma Cuevas Detroit Resident Letter in support
Jaime Greene State Representative Letter in support
Jane Garcia Detroit Resident Letter in support
Jay DeBoyer State Representative Letter in support
Jay DeBoyer State Representative Second letter in support
Jeffrey Estrada Detroit Resident Letter in support
Joe Goryl Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. Letter in support
Joe Vitiritto PAM Transportation Services Letter in support
John McCann President, Teamsters Union Local 879 Letter in support
Joseph A. Aragona State Representative Letter in support
Joseph Bellino Jr. State Senator Letter in support
Joseph Bellino Jr. State Senator Second letter in support
Karen Whitsett State Representative Letter in support
Karen Whitsett State Representative Second letter in support
Kevin Hertel State Senator Letter in support
Kevin Moore President, UAW Teamsters Letter in support
Luke Meerman State Representative Letter in support
Luke Meerman State Representative Second letter in support
Mary Ann Cuderman Olde Sandwich Towne Business Association Letter not in support
Mary Carmen Munoz Executive Director, La Sed Letter in support
Mary Waters Councilmember At-Large, Detroit City Council Letter in support
Mike Duggan Mayor of Detroit Letter in support
Miriam Rodriguez Detroit Resident Letter in support
Nate Shannon State Representative Letter in support
Nils Lessmann BASF Corp. Joint letter in support
Paul Wojno State Senator Letter in support
Paul Wojno State Senator Second letter in support
Quentiss Leverett Detroit Council for Political Education Letter in support
Raphael Washington Wayne County Sheriff Letter in support
Renise Taylor Detroit Resident Letter in support
Rev. Horace L. Sheffield Detroit Association of Black Organizations, Inc. Letter in support
Robert Gordon President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Windsor Letter not in support
Rogelio Landin President, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council #11054 Letter in support
Ronald Lockett President, Detroit Ecumenical Ministers Alliance Letter in support
Sam Butler President, Hubbard Richard Neighborhood Association Letter not in support
Samantha Steckloff House of Reprsentatives Letter in support
Stephanie Chang State Senator, District 3 Joint letter requesting hearing
Stephanie Chang State Senator, District 3 Joint letter requesting hearing, not in support of lifting restrictions
Stephanie Lopez Gilmore President, MANA de Metro Detroit Letter in support
Stephen Laforet Windsor Fire and Rescue Services, City of Windsor Letter stating concerns (six pages)
Stephen Laskowski President and CEO, Ontario Trucking Association Letter in support of removing restrictions, not in support of escort or safety vehicles
Tamera Donaldson Detroit Resident Letter in support
Tim Phillips Universal Logistics Holdings Letter in support
Tullio Liberati State Representative Letter in support
Tyrone Carter State Representative Letter in support
Tyrone Carter State Representative Second letter in support