Judge: Ambassador Bridge owner loses control of construction

Gateway Project will now be completed by MDOT

Published On: Mar 08 2012 11:27:59 AM EST   Updated On: Mar 08 2012 05:24:44 PM EST
Ambassador Bridge work
DETROIT -

A judge has ordered the company that controls the Ambassador Bridge to surrender control of its portion of a project on the U.S. side of the international crossing to the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Wayne County Judge Prentis Edwards ordered Thursday that an account be set up to fund the work. A next court hearing is March 22.

The Detroit International Bridge Co. has said it's making progress on its share of the $230 million Gateway Project and pledged to complete the work.

In January, Edwards put 84-year-old billionaire Manuel "Matty" Moroun and his top executive, Dan Stamper, in jail for contempt of court for failing to follow orders on the project, which includes connecting the bridge with Canada to area interstates. They were released by the Michigan appeals court.

Moroun made a brief appearance at Thursday's hearing, but was excused to attend a funeral.

Moroun's company must put $16 million into the account for the work, which is still expected to take months to complete.

Matty Moroun and Dan Stamper mugshots

-- Manuel "Matty" Moroun and bridge executive Dan Stamper