Gordie Howe Bridge Project Could Be in Trouble

The $5.7-billion Gordie Howe Bridge project could be in jeopardy.

Republicans who control the Michigan House are proposing to prohibit the state from spending taxpayer money on the project, even though Canada has been fully reimbursing the state for its expenses.

A Republican lawmaker who helped write the transportation budget says Canada should pay Michigan for its expenses up front but critics warn the move could halt construction.  

Jeff Cranson, the Communications Director for the Michigan Department of Transporation has released a statement to AM800 News.

It says "Canada, through the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority, is financing the Gordie Howe International Bridge because of the vital benefits it will provide to the flow of commerce between the two countries. The project enjoys broad support from job providers and labor leaders across Michigan, and we are confident lawmakers know that."

The span linking Windsor to Detroit is expected to open in 2024.