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.
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.