Plans to build a bridge connecting Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario continue despite the recent exclusion of a part of the project’s funding from the US federal budget.  Even with funding still not secured, construction on the bridge could begin as early as 2016 with a completion date of 2020.

In President Barack Obama’s proposed budget for 2015, the allotted amount for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) construction and facilities management did not include the Detroit plaza, which The Times Herald estimates will cost approximately $250 million.  Canada has agreed to cover $2.3 billion of the construction costs, including a $550 million infrastructure cost on the US side.

“This infrastructure project is of utmost economic significance to both Michigan and the entire U.S. and our largest trading partner, Canada,” said Sara Wurfel, spokeswoman for Detroit Gov. Rick Snyder, who supports the project.

An existing connection, the 84-year old Ambassador Bridge, plays a major role in the $70 billion annual trade relationship between Michigan and Canada and garners an approximate $60 million in annual gross revenue. The owner of the Ambassador Bridge, Manuel “Matty” Moroun opposes the New International Trade Crossing project and plans to build a twin span to the existing Ambassador Bridge with private funding.