The statement released Thursday called the Gordie Howe International Bridge a “top infrastructure priority” for both governments.
“We are committed to continuing our support to ensure that the project’s state-of-the-art ports of entry are fully funded so that vehicles can begin to pass through the architecturally stunning cable-stayed structure when completed for the benefit of our common prosperity, ”the statement read.
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It comes as US President Joe Biden and Republican senators attempt to compromise on a nearly $ 1 trillion infrastructure package. Seventeen GOP senators joined all Democrats to vote this week to start a debate on considering the bill. The plan includes $ 550 billion in new spending beyond typical highway and public works accounts.
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“This wholehearted support for this vital bridge comes as President Biden and Congress continue to move forward on bipartisan and significant investments in transportation and other infrastructure,” Michigan Governor Whitmer said in his own statement. “The ongoing construction of this bridge has created jobs on both sides of the border and will continue to spur economic development for many years to come. This bridge also confirms Michigan’s continued partnership with Canada, the number one buyer of American products among the countries.
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In 2012, then-Gov. Rick Snyder and former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper reached a deal calling on Canada to pay for the bridge after the Republican governor ran into opposition in the GOP-led legislature.
The $ 4.4 billion (C $ 5.7 billion) six-lane span is slated to open at the end of 2024. It is named after Gordie Howe, a native of Canada and hockey legend who played for the Detroit Red Wings.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, the Detroit-Windsor corridor in Ontario was the busiest commercial border crossing on the Canada-U.S. Border, handling more than 30% of trade by truck. The private Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel are the only current commuter crossings between cities.