LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Mike Nofs and a delegation of legislative colleagues on Monday toured the current Ambassador Bridge facilities and the proposed site for the New International Bridge Crossing.
The Senate Economic Development Committee, of which Nofs is a member, convened to hear testimony and get a firsthand look at the sites and facilities on both sides of the border.
“It’s one thing to hear testimony in a committee room in Lansing,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “However, seeing things up close and getting to speak with citizens, business owners, and community leaders who will be affected, provides a different and important perspective.”
Committee members were joined by Canadian officials, Michigan Department of Transportation Director Kirk Steudle, representatives from the Ambassador Bridge Company, several members of the Michigan House of Representatives, and reporters.
Nofs questioned Canadian officials regarding their promise that Michigan would not be paying any of the expense associated with a new bridge, especially if the project goes over budget.
“I’ve repeatedly said that I won’t support this project unless I’m convinced that Michigan taxpayers will not be on the hook for any of the costs of this project, including potential cost overruns or shortfalls in toll revenue,” Nofs said.
The delegation toured the Ambassador Bridge facilities in Detroit and Windsor, as well as the Delray neighborhood in Detroit and Sandwich Town in Windsor, the proposed landing site locations for the New International Bridge Crossing.
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