MITA: Second Canada Bridge Would Create Up to 10,000 Jobs

By: Alex Goldsmith Email
By: Alex Goldsmith Email

It's a Detroit bridge that could have a big impact around the state.

"This is not just a Detroit bridge," said Keith Ledbetter. "This is a Michigan bridge and we're going to employ a lot of people from around the state."

Ledbetter estimates that the project could create as many as 10,000 jobs.

That's welcome news for Sam Houston, who is the head of the Operation Engineers Union, operators of much of the heavy equipment used in road projects. His members have seen their man hours decline 47 percent over the last 5 years.

"There's plenty of safety-trained, certified workers in the state of Michigan that are ready to work," said Houston.

Kirk Steudle, director of MDOT, praised Snyder's willingness to fly to Washington to secure a deal that brings in $550 million in the form of a Canadian loan as well as $2.2 billion in federal matching funds. He also says the project would be a boost for other industries in the state as well.

"Governor Snyder clearly understands this is about economic develpoment," said Steudle. "This is about exports and getting our products from Michigan to the world."

But although the project is giving hope to many across the state, Ledbetter and others caution that more still needs to be done.

"This is fantastic news," said Chris Shea, owner of Detroit-based P.K. Contracting, which paints road lines. "But this won't solve our infrastructure problems here in the state of Michigan."

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2011 at 04:33 AM
    This will make many jobs to build.Then how many will have no job when bridge is done?So far removing price tags and a new bridge?It is a start with temporary jobs to build something and less work for store workers,so who looses jobs.Good for that business with one less person to pay,but not good for person let go?Looks like big money being favored again.
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