Could the Gordie Howe bridge be in troubled water?June 12, 2019 8:10pm
Some Michigan lawmakers want to stop state spending on the Gordie Howe International Bridge but that doesn’t seem to worry some Canadian officials.
The Detroit Free Press has reported that a Republican legislator from Milford wants the state to stop spending money on the bridge linking Detroit to Windsor, even though the state is getting reimbursed for all of its expenses by Canada.
The newspaper said the move to cut any type of state funding from the bridge has critics worried that work on the bridge could be stalled or stopped.
Mark Butler, director of communications for the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, said in an email to BlackburnNewsWindsor.com “it would be inappropriate for [him] to comment on a Michigan political matter” but quickly added “we are not concerned that this issue may cause any delay”.
“Work is progressing and will continue to do so,” Butler said.
State Representative Matt Maddock added language to a proposed state transportation budget that prohibits the state from spending money on the second span across the Detroit River, according to the Free Press.
Governor Rick Snyder negotiated a deal with Canada in 2012 to have Canada pay for the bridge and in return Canada will keep all of the Michigan toll revenues.
The Michigan transportation budget now moves to the full House of Representatives, which is expected to vote on the plan on Thursday and then it will have to be reconciled with the Senate version of the budget, added the Free Press.
The newspaper also said that current Governor Gretchen Whitmer could also exercise a line-item veto on the final budget approved by the Legislature.