When will a new bridge be built?

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Lt. Gov. Brian Calley helped defeat a proposal to amend the state constitution requiring a vote before any international bridge is built in Michigan. In Grand Rapids Monday he laid out the reasons why a new bridge is necessary.

A new bridge, he said, would shorten the crossing time and increase trade revenues. The argument the owners of the Ambassador Bridge make is there isn't enough traffic to justify a new bridge. But Calley said the companies bidding on the process to build the new bridge will research that issue for themselves.

Calley said the bridge building will take a long time. Many things must happen before bids can even be accepted.

And it may cost a bidder more than $1 million just to prepare the bid.

The Moroun family -- who owns the Ambassador Bridge -- lost at the ballot box by a 59-41 margin . But it's possible they may file a lawsuit to prevent any forward movement.

As it stands, construction may begin as early as 2014.

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Michigan (change)

 
Michigan is governed as a republic, with three branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. The state also allows direct participation of the electorate by initiative, referendum, recall, and ratification.
 
Offices & Officials

Governor: Rick Snyder
Lieutenant Governor: Brian Calley
Attorney General: Bill Schuette
Secretary of State: Ruth Johnson

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