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New U.S.-Canada bridge in talks

Posted by Genie Wood on Wed, May 26, 2010 @ 02:37 AM

A new bridge could connect the U.S. and Canada, and that prospect excites both the Canadians and federal government.

According to the Canadian government, a new bridge linking Detroit to Windsor, by Ontario, could be funded in large part by the Canadians themselves. They have offered to pay for their own end of the bridge, in addition to fronting $550 million for the American end of the bridge.

Michigan Governor Granholm presented the prospect to the state's legislature last month, expecting to get a vote on the deal by a June 1 deadline. The estimate of the total cost of the bridge is $5.3 billion.

The current connector between the United States and Canada links at the same location. Its owner is threatening to sue Canada for violating the North American Free Trade Agreement, arguing that Canada is trying to coerce the state of Michigan to agree to this bridge-building deal.

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