The Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) bridge, a $2.1 billion joint endeavor by the US and Canada is apparently still on schedule, despite the United States pulling out of it’s $250 million project for a US customs plaza. Lisa Raitt, Prime Minister of International Trade made a statement Friday that ensured that financial losses would not affect the timeline for the project.
A $1 trillion spending bill passed last month by the US House and Senate failed to include the DRIC bridge project in its report. However, the House and Senate will be getting legislation passed for the bridge in the next few days, according to the Detroit Free Press. Raitt has gone so far as to suggest that Canada would step in to fund the plaza in the unlikely event that the US government does back out of funding.
A private sector partner, currently unannounced, has vowed to also fill the gaps that the US federal government is unable or unwilling to spend. The project is slated to be completed in 2020. The project will create and maintain not hundreds, but thousands of jobs on both side of the border and links the trade communities of Delray and Brighton Beach.
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