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The privately-owned Ambassador Bridge spanning the Detroit River will finally get some competition by 2020 as the U.S. granted the last permit needed to proceed on the project.
The privately-owned Ambassador Bridge spanning the Detroit River will finally get some competition by 2020 as the U.S. granted the last permit needed to proceed on the project.
(MARK SPOWART/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

U.S. bets Ottawa will fork out more on Windsor bridge

The proposed new bridge linking Windsor and Detroit has jumped through its final regulatory hoop, now that a U.S. federal judge has rejected an injunction that would have barred the U.S. Coast Guard from issuing the necessary construction permit.

Even the private operator of the existing 85-year-old Ambassador Bridge, which had sought the injunction while vainly pursuing its own unapproved bridge scheme, concedes that it may be out of legal manoeuvres to prevent the new span across the Detroit River. But that won’t stop the toxic mix of money and politics from further delaying a project that should have been a no-brainer.