Fight Against Government Bridge May Not Be Over

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- An analyst who helped on a 2011 independent study of a new commuter bridge between Detroit and Canada believes the failure to pass a ballot proposal aimed at stopping construction may not have ended the legal fight over the span.

Colby Spencer says it's unlikely Tuesday's defeat of Proposal 6 requiring voter approval for any new border crossing will end Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel "Matty" Moroun's challenge to a planned government bridge.

Spencer is a senior analyst with the East Lansing-based Anderson Economic Group.

Gov. Rick Snyder and Canadian officials have agreed to build the bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. It would be the stiffest competition to the $60 million grossed annually by the Ambassador Bridge.

Spencer says operators of the Ambassador Bridge "don't want competition from any entity."

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  • by Ashley Location: E. Lansing on Nov 15, 2012 at 06:26 AM
    Fine, the Canadians are going to pay for the bridge itself, and ALL operating expenses for it. Is that including all of the maintenance? Bridge painting, repairs to the roadbed and such? How about the I.C.E. plaza on THIS side? Who is going to be paying the piper on that? Not to forget the wages for the Immigration and Customs agents on the US side of the bridge. Here is a suggestion for Mr. Moroun, the State wants a new bridge. Fine, I imagine you've recouped your investment in the Ambassador a few times over. SHUT IT DOWN, as soon as the new bridge opens, or better yet, sell it to the Canadians.
  • by Bill on Nov 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM
    I want to see the Moroun family go bankrupt. They have a monopoly over a bridge and are billionaires because of it. It doesn't take any business savvy whatsoever to be rich when you own the only way across a river. They are the definition of the word "leech".
  • by David Location: Charlotte on Nov 13, 2012 at 09:12 AM
    So the pepol in this state don,t matter we don,t have a say if some union or man with money dos,nt get what he wants. Tough for us this was voted down with over 60% voting aginst it and this guy says so what. Hy manny take your 30 mill and go somewhere else .
  • by Anonymous on Nov 12, 2012 at 06:22 AM
    Hey "Name" what taxes? Where are your taxes being spent on a new bridge? Unless you buy in to Moroun's BS.
  • by Name Location: Location on Nov 12, 2012 at 04:26 AM
    John get over yourself, the question is of tax payer money being spent. If he will build another bridge with his money, GREAT! I can chose to use it or not, but I have no choice with my taxes. Government does nothing well, except waste tax payer money!!!
  • by John Location: Mason on Nov 11, 2012 at 05:30 AM
    I am not the least bit surprised that Moroun would not take the hint that we here in Michigan saw through his lying and utter untruth's about his "proposal". This is the same guy who said we didn't need a new bridge then said he would build another one? I believe I heard a defenition once about his's called GREED! The Canadian/Michigan bridge is a sound idea and if it cuts into Moroun's profits...oh well! This man really sicken's me.
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