Lawmakers Tour Potential Bridge Sites

A group of state Senators held a committee hearing on a rolling bus tour through Detroit and Windsor Monday. The tour was set up to help lawmakers weed through arguments for and against a proposal to build a second bridge between Detroit and Canada. Michigan Public Radio’s Laura Weber reports.


Truck driver David Drumm stopped to listen in as Ambassador Bridge owners spoke with lawmakers at the foot of the bridge. Drumm drives a freight truck over the Ambassador a few times a day. He says the 80-year-old bridge is a wreck, and funnels too many trucks into downtown Windsor.

“It’s a zoo. I mean those poor people, I couldn’t imagine living in Windsor and trying to get through all those trucks.”

Drumm is not convinced that there is enough traffic to necessitate the second bridge. But he says the current bridge does not work either, with poor routing and too few booths.

Canadian officials and representatives from the city of Detroit say the Ambassador Bridge owners’ plans for a second span are not feasible, and a publicly owned bridge that would compete with the Ambassador is necessary.