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Monday, July 20, 2009

Bridge Land

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 5:49 PM

A major piece of land needed to complete the southern side of the planned Detroit River International Crossing is now in the hands of the Canadian government.

Announced today, the $34 million, 94-acre parcel purchased from the city of Windsor gives the DRIC some of the space needed for an inspection plaza and the proposed six-lane bridge.

The additional 108 acres needed are privately held, and the federal government continues negotiations with the owners, says Norma Coleman, spokeswoman for the mayor of Windsor. But all of the city-owned land needed for the project has been transferred to the national government, she says, putting the project another step closer to realization.

On the American side, none of the 235 acres needed for the bridge structure, the plaza or the interchanges have been purchased, says MDOT spokesman Bill Schreck.

The DRIC, as it's known, is the publicly owned alternative to the proposed second span to the Ambassador Bridge that owner Manuel "Matty" Moroun wants to build. In May he filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington D.C. seeking to stop the DRIC project.

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