Canada, Michigan officials to announce bridge plan

Officials not commenting on details of announcement

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Here is the area in Southwest Detroit where the new bridge is proposed to be built.

DETROIT - Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder have called a news conference Wednesday about the planned new $2 billion bridge linking Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.

Snyder's office said Tuesday that Raitt and the governor "will make an announcement regarding the New International Trade Crossing" at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Canadian Club Heritage Center in Windsor.

The governor's and transport minister's offices declined immediate comment Tuesday on the nature of the announcement.

Michigan and Canadian leaders have agreed to build the bridge over the Detroit River between Windsor and Detroit's southwest side.

Officials say Canada would finance construction of the bridge, which would open in 2020.

Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun has fought the proposal for years, instead seeking an additional span for his bridge.

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