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Governor Whitmer Calls on Canada to Reopen Traffic on Ambassador Bridge


February 10, 2022 



Governor Whitmer Calls on Canada to Reopen Traffic on Ambassador Bridge 

Governor urges authorities to resolve bridge blockade so manufacturing, agriculture in Midwest can continue humming along 


LANSING, Mich. - Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued the following statement urging Canadian authorities to quickly resolve the ongoing Ambassador Bridge closure and its impacts on the Michigan's economy, including key sectors like autos, agriculture, manufacturing, and more. 


"My message is simple: reopen traffic on the bridge. 


"In Michigan, our economy continues to grow because of our hardworking people and innovative small businesses. Now, that momentum is at risk. Commercial traffic is at a standstill at the Ambassador Bridge and heavily backed up at the Blue Water Bridge.  


"The blockade is having a significant impact on Michigan's working families who are just trying to do their jobs. Our communities and automotive, manufacturing, and agriculture businesses are feeling the effects. It's hitting paychecks and production lines. That is unacceptable. 


"The Ambassador Bridge is the busiest land border crossing in North America, used by tens of thousands of commuters and truck drivers carrying hundreds of millions of dollars of goods every day. Countless Michiganders rely on this daily flow of goods and people to get things done. 


"It is imperative that Canadian local, provincial, and national governments de-escalate this economic blockade. They must take all necessary and appropriate steps to immediately and safely reopen traffic so we can continue growing our economy, supporting good-paying jobs, and lowering costs for families."