The Michigan Department of Transportation said it will build an off-ramp connecting the Ambassador Bridge, the busiest U.S.-Canada crossing, to two interstate highways within the next few months.
MDOT received the federal go-ahead after Detroit International Bridge Co., the owner of the bridge, deeded the property to the department. MDOT and DIBC have battled over who should have to build the bridge for two years, with the fight most recently leading to the brief jailing of bridge owner, Manuel “Matty” Moroun.
The ramp is a component in the Gateway Project, which is designed to route traffic on elevated roadways to reduce congestion on city streets. MDOT said that the company still has to start work on other access points and a roadway leading to the bridge.
The department said construction will begin construction on the ramp as soon as a contract is let, and the state is expediting the contracting process.