Michigan and Canada have agreed to build a privately financed bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, two miles upstream from the privately owned Ambassador Bridge.
The new bridge would be designed and financed by a private operator, with oversight by a Canadian entity called the Crossing Authority, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said.
Michigan would put up no money for the new span. Canada will front the state’s $550 million share and recover the money from bridge tolls. A private company would operate the bridge under a 40- to 50-year concession. Tolls would be collected only on the Canadian side of the bridge.
The project would provide an additional route for the busiest U.S.-Canada trade crossing. It is certain to face continued opposition from billionaire Manuel “Matty” Moroun, whose family owns the Ambassador Bridge.