April 15, 2013 9:30 AM, EDT

Obama Administration Issues Permit for New Detroit-Windsor Bridge

Rebecca Cook for TT

President Obama approved a second bridge connecting Detroit with Windsor, Ontario, at the busiest crossing along the U.S.-Canada border, where a majority of traffic uses the 83-year-old Ambassador Bridge, Bloomberg News reported.

According to the U.S. State Department, a presidential permit has been issued to allow Michigan to build a second bridge connecting the two countries after determining the new bridge will meet future capacity requirements in the critical travel corridor, Bloomberg said.

The Ambassador Bridge has 8,000 truck crossings a day, and truck traffic is expected to triple over the next 30 years. Its owner, the Detroit International Bridge Co., has opposed the construction of a second bridge.

In December, a group of 16 construction and transportation companies urged the Obama administration to approve construction of a new bridge between Detroit and Windsor.

Michigan and Canada signed an agreement last June to build a second bridge, bypassing the Michigan Legislature, which had previously blocked the project.