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US business groups urge Obama to pay up for US share of new bridge

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A group of 40 national and state organizations have penned a letter to US President Barack Obama, urging him to providing funding for the Americans’ share of the new Detroit-Windsor bridge.

Canada has already agreed to pay for most of the $2-billion project, but the US has yet to commit to its $250-million share.

In a letter to President Obama and senior cabinet members sent today, 40 groups urged the administration to swiftly resolve questions surrounding funding for the US Customs facility associated with the project so construction can commence. The 85-year-old Ambassador Bridge is ill-equipped to handle projected increases in commercial truck traffic, the organizations claim.

“This project is a winner for the North American economy,” Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) vice-president of government affairs Christian Klein said. “It will add vital new capacity, reduce border congestion, enhance efficiencies for businesses in both countries, benefit the environment, and create jobs.”

The letter, coordinated by AED, can be read here.