Voters Give New Detroit Bridge a Green Light (Pew / Stateline)

November 9, 2012 – Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s plans to add a second bridge for cars and trucks between Detroit and Canada are moving forward, after the governor and his allies defeated a $33 million campaign to block it. Voters soundly rejected a plan Tuesday (November 6) brought by Manuel “Matty” Maroun, the owner of the existing Ambassador Bridge in Detroit, to prevent or delay construction of a competing span nearby. Maroun’s toll bridge is the only car crossing into Canada within 60 miles of Detroit. The $33 million Maroun spent supporting the measure dwarfed spending of the opposition, which launched television ads only in the final days before the election. But voters rejected the proposal by a 60 percent to 40 percent margin. The ballot measure would have required a statewide vote to approve any new international bridges or tunnels. On the morning after the election, Snyder seemed to relish the victory. His office told The (Detroit) Free Press that the governor hoped to secure the environmental permits for the new bridge within six months. Actual construction of the bridge could start within two or three years.

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