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Michigan Governor Supports International Bridge in Detroit

A new, publicly-funded bridge between Ontario and Detroit has the support of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.

A new, publicly-funded bridge between Ontario and Detroit has the support of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.

"We must move forward towards building … a new bridge connecting Detroit to Windsor, Ontario," Snyder said in his State of the State address Wednesday, MyFoxDetroit.com reports.

The proposed $2 billion bridge -- the Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) -- would create 10,000 construction and supply-related jobs and is projected to create 25,000 permanent jobs.

"What I love about our new governor is that when he does something, he's all in," said Sandy Baruah of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. "When he decided he was going to do DRIC, he said I'm all in. I was thrilled not only with the endorsement, (but) with the strength of the endorsement."

Not everyone supports the span, however, including Matty Maroun, the billionaire owner of the Ambassador Bridge. And late last year, outgoing Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, a Maroun supporter, blocked any vote on the issue.

Former Michigan Gov. Jim Blanchard, meanwhile, has lobbied for the new bridge. The Canadian government has also offered to loan Michigan $550 million to cover its share of the bridge's costs.

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