New Bridge To Impact Mid-Michigan Agriculture, Manufacturing Industries

For Jim Holcomb, a second span across the Detroit River is nothing, but good news.

"It's a great thing for Michigan. It's going to be a job creator."

While Metro Detroit would be the closest to the new bridge, the benefits will be felt across the entire state.

With a strong agricultural and manufacturing industry, many say the impacts of a second span will be felt in mid-Michigan.

"It'll increase trade and, more importantly, it's gonna make it more efficient," said Holcomb. "It brings down the cost and makes us more economically competitive with our goods and products. That's going to lead to job creation and that's what we need here."

Scott Piggott, COO of the Lansing-based Michigan Farm Bureau, has been watching the progress of the new bridge closely. He says it will shorten the time it takes to ship products to and from Michigan and help any farm looking to trade across the border.

"About 60 percent of all the stuff that we produce in agriculture in Michigan, we send to Canada," he said. "They're our largest trade partner...so understanding that we need good infrastructure to move our products to participate in trade."

The hope is the new bridge will accomplish that.


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