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Snyder: U.S. government needs to do a better job

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Staff writer ▼ | August 1, 2014
Detroit-Windsor bridge
Detroit-Windsor bridge   The project started back in 2002

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said the U.S. "needs to do a better job" on the Detroit-Windsor bridge, a project that's been in the works for more than a decade.

Proposed back in 2002, the bridge is needed to facilitate trade between the U.S. and Canada but that's been mired in controversy and setbacks since the beginning.

Governor Snyder was joined by Transport Minister Lisa Raitt for the joint announcement of a review panel, appointed to oversee all phases of the bridge construction.

Canada is funding most of the $1 billion project, with Washington only on the hook for the construction of a customs plaza on the U.S. side of the bridge. The funding of $250 million was thrown in doubt several months ago when Washington indicated it may not have the money.

Mr. Snyder thanked Canada for its generosity in the deal and described the U.S. position on the bridge, that it needs the bridge but doesn't want to pay for it, as irrational. "To be blunt, I think the U.S. federal government needs to do a better job," Mr. Snyder told reporters.

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