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Apparently multi-billionaire Matty Maroon, the troll who owns the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario now wants to get a permit to build a new bridge next to his current bridge.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality published a public notice concerning the new span which Maroon wants to build in the current MDEQ Calendar.

Proposal 6 is the Maroon-backed measure to stop present plans by
Canada to construct a new international bridge 2 miles south of Maroon's Bridge, which is presently the busiest international crossing point on the U.S.-Canada border.

I'm thinking that Canada, Ontario and the City of Windsor will probably all be unanimously opposed to Maroon's proposal, but I've not yet found anything specific  from any of these governments about the current permit matter.

Our Canadian neighbor's have for years been trying to re-route all of this international truck traffic because of the deleterious effects on the City of Windsor, Ontario.   I think Michigan citizens should support our Canadian friends in their endeavors to solve this transportation systems management problem, instead of allowing Matty Maroon to dominate this crossing location.

See below for the text of the public notice from MDEQ:

NOVEMBER 13,

2012

6:30 p.m.

PUBLIC HEARING ON PERMIT APPLICATION SUBMITTED BY THE DETROIT

INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE COMPANY, WARREN, WAYNE COUNTY, MICHIGAN. The Water Resources Division will hold a public hearing at the Detroit Western International High School, 1500 Scotten Street, Detroit, Michigan 48209, with a one-hour informal question and answer session

starting at 6:30 p.m. and the public hearing beginning at 7:30 p.m. Enter the school using the main entrance (by the flags) and park in student parking. The hearing will be for Permit Application

Number 12-82-0075-P, submitted by the Detroit International Bridge Company, Attn: Dan Stamper, President, 12225 Stephens Road, Warren, Michigan 48089. The applicant proposes to construct a 6,200-foot long (1.17 mile) twin span cable stayed bridge, of which 2,550 feet (0.48 miles) will be over the Detroit River. The bridge will be to the west of the existing span bridge, connecting directly

into the north side of the existing plaza in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and into the south side of the existing plaza in Detroit, Michigan, United States of America. The existing bridge will be taken out of service and evaluated for possible future use. No dredging, structures, or piers are proposed in the Detroit River below the ordinary high water mark. All construction will take place on land. Information

Contact: Jeremy Richardson, Water Resources Division, 586-753-3860.

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  •  Have to leave....back in a while for reactions (0+ / 0-)
  •  So he's been trying to stop a second bridge (0+ / 0-)

    Now he wants to build a second span immediately adjacent to the current bridge and then take the current bridge out of service? I don't get this. Is he admitting we really do need a second bridge, or that the existing bridge is inadequate? Why take the existing bridge out of service?

    What a Maroun.

    It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble, it's what we know that ain't so. — Will Rogers

    by dconrad on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 01:27:43 PM PST

    •  It's a question of whose bridge gets built (3+ / 0-)

      Moroun is opposed to the bridge proposed by the government, which would be paid for out of Federal and Canadian grants. The Canadian government has even offered to pay the state's portion due under the Federal grant, and the Feds have approved the deal. But this would result in a government-owned bridge downriver from Moroun's Ambassador Bridge.

      The Ambassador is old, too narrow, and out of date. It has problems with the approaches on both ends that result in serious traffic issues. No one realistically denies that something needs to be done to supplement or replace it.

      Moroun, though, believes that his family's monopoly on bridges between Detroit and Windsor should be maintained for another generation or two. Other folk disagree.

      "Do it in the name of Heaven; you can justify it in the end..." - Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter

      by pragmaticidealist on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 02:01:12 PM PST

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  •  this isn't exactly new (0+ / 0-)

    he has wanted a second span for some time. it's not that he really thought there was no use for a replacement bridge. it's just that he wants total control.  imagine that.  

     vote no on 6 to end the bridge monopoly.

    one man contols an international bridge?  how did we ever let this happen?

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