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Re: Detroit Bridge Wars
« Reply #25 on: June 25, 2009, 03:59:38 PM »

The bridge company unilaterally made changes to the design that made it not comply for federal funding.  Additionally, the government wants the new bridge downriver instead of a second span of the Ambassador bridge.

Personally I think the proposed downriver bridge is better as it would provide a direct connection between I-75 and ON 401.

You really want people to come in from Canada and the first thing they smell is Delray?  :crazy:
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Re: Detroit Bridge Wars
« Reply #27 on: June 27, 2009, 02:00:46 AM »

It's official, I-75 will open on July 2nd.
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Re: Detroit Bridge Wars
« Reply #28 on: July 30, 2009, 03:45:19 AM »

http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/20217216/detail.html


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Re: Detroit Bridge Wars
« Reply #29 on: July 30, 2009, 08:25:37 AM »

"Some of these people that accidentally go to Canada, if they are a U.S. citizen and they are worried about getting back, they shouldn't be because a U.S. citizen cannot be denied re-entry into the United States," Smith said.

So why the need for a passport at all now?  Wait, I know!  So the government can steal more of our money!
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Re: Detroit Bridge Wars
« Reply #30 on: July 30, 2009, 11:53:39 AM »

"Some of these people that accidentally go to Canada, if they are a U.S. citizen and they are worried about getting back, they shouldn't be because a U.S. citizen cannot be denied re-entry into the United States," Smith said.

So why the need for a passport at all now?  Wait, I know!  So the government can steal more of our money!

Why have a passport?  Well, as it says later on in the article, they can delay you, possibly hours, while the border patrol verifies your identity.
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Re: Detroit Bridge Wars
« Reply #31 on: July 30, 2009, 03:24:11 PM »

they can take all day for all I care, if I had known that I cannot be denied reentry I wouldve gone to BC last month
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Re: Detroit Bridge Wars
« Reply #32 on: July 30, 2009, 09:19:37 PM »

"Some of these people that accidentally go to Canada, if they are a U.S. citizen and they are worried about getting back, they shouldn't be because a U.S. citizen cannot be denied re-entry into the United States," Smith said.

So why the need for a passport at all now?  Wait, I know!  So the government can steal more of our money!

Why have a passport?  Well, as it says later on in the article, they can delay you, possibly hours, while the border patrol verifies your identity.
They can do that with or without a passport and with or without passport laws.  So what happens if I visit Canada w/o a passport.  I'm assuming they don't check on the Canadian side and they can't deny me re-entry, so what happens?  Is there a fine involved?  If so I'll bet the fine is less than half of what it would cost to buy a passport.  That would be a typical governmental program.
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Re: Detroit Bridge Wars
« Reply #33 on: July 30, 2009, 09:24:43 PM »

the fact is, passports cost money.  $130 isn't that outrageous for what Uncle Sam does to prepare one for you.  Now would you rather they be free, and instead subsidized by general taxation, i.e. from the money of people who don't even want one
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Re: Detroit Bridge Wars
« Reply #34 on: January 15, 2010, 08:07:48 AM »

So now Maroun wants to offer his "toll credits" as part of MDOT's local match for federal money. It'll be interesting to see just how this plays into their squabble if Maroun is true to his word, of which MDOT is rightly highly skeptical.
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Re: Detroit Bridge Wars
« Reply #35 on: January 19, 2010, 04:01:26 PM »

A friend and I went to Canada from Detroit (across the Amabassador) last fall. No passports. Just our licenses. Canada didn't care. Customs told us "We don't care, you're license is good enough for us. It's getting back into the states that could be trouble." Coming back later that night, we got through, pulled in, had our car inspected, sat in a waiting room for 20 minutes before being told we're free to leave. Maybe 45min tops from customs booth until we got to leave the Windsor Tunnel holding area.

I did get my passport last fall, as I do plan on going fly abroad at some time in the near future.

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Re: Detroit Bridge Wars
« Reply #36 on: January 19, 2010, 06:58:05 PM »

Latest news in the bridge wars:  Canada is ready to go for a new crossing.  http://www.dcnonl.com/article/id37126
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Re: Detroit Bridge Wars
« Reply #37 on: January 27, 2010, 03:52:50 PM »

MDOT is asking private firms to submit proposals for possibly being a partner in the Detroit River International Crossing project. I'll be interested to see just who would be willing to join on to this a project. Frankly, there's no way MDOT can shoulder its portion of the costs alone given its current fiscal state.

UPDATE, 2/1: A Freep article today makes note of Maroun's use of lawsuits on both sides of the border in order to stop DRIC. Maybe I'm being totally na´ve, but wouldn't it make more sense for Matty to become a partner? Seems to me Maroun's company seems to benefit much more if they can get a cut of a new crossing rather than get nothing if it ultimately comes to be given his staunch opposition.
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Re: Detroit Bridge Wars
« Reply #38 on: February 01, 2010, 10:33:40 PM »

Maybe I'm being totally na´ve, but wouldn't it make more sense for Matty to become a partner? Seems to me Maroun's company seems to benefit much more if they can get a cut of a new crossing rather than get nothing if it ultimately comes to be given his staunch opposition.

Given what's been said, do you think any of the gov't entities involved would let him in?
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Re: Detroit Bridge Wars
« Reply #39 on: February 02, 2010, 07:53:05 AM »

Doubtful.  Maroun's dug his own hole....now he'll have to stew in it.
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Re: Detroit Bridge Wars
« Reply #40 on: February 08, 2010, 07:43:28 PM »

Moroun loses another round in court...

Michigan court orders Ambassador Bridge to follow Gateway contract

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he Ambassador Bridge company suffered defeat today in a court case brought by Michigan DOT for breach of contract. Judge Prentis Edwards of Wayne County Circuit Court in a 15-page ruling found the Bridge company to be in violation of its contract commitments by failing to build its part of the Gateway Project (upgraded links to I-75 and I-96) as agreed in 2004.

The Judge ordered Detroit International Bridge Company (DIBC) owner of the Ambassador bridge to:

1. remove structures built in the path of an agreed access road and to complete its construction in accord with the plans

2. submit a timetable to the court and Michigan DOT for complying with the contract within 21 days

3. pay the expenses of an independent project manager to oversee implementation of the contract
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Re: Detroit Bridge Wars
« Reply #41 on: February 09, 2010, 07:37:22 PM »

Canada looked to buy the Ambassador Bridge last year, but talks have led nowhere. Obviously the stalled talks should be of no surprise to anyone.
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Re: Detroit Bridge Wars
« Reply #42 on: February 11, 2010, 11:18:02 AM »

Brian Dickerson has a column in today's Freep and makes a point to which I alluded earlier in this threadŚMaroun would be better off dropping his dispute with MDOT and acting as a partner. It was also interesting to see that Maroun wanted a piece in the Canadian side of the Blue Water in addition to $3 billion and permission to build another bridge near Buffalo.
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Re: Detroit Bridge Wars
« Reply #43 on: February 11, 2010, 06:10:24 PM »

IMHO The best all around would be for Maroun and the Canadian Government can come to an agreement for the latter to buy the Ambassdor Bridge and get him out of the picture.

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Reports are that previously Moroun has said he'd sell for $3b. The Canadian government has in the past valued the bridge at around half that - $1.5b.
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Plus other actions by Mr. Moroun, it doesn't look like he'll be going away anytime soon unless he assumes room temperature.
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Re: Detroit Bridge Wars
« Reply #44 on: February 12, 2010, 10:53:45 AM »

Agreed.  Either the Canadian government should take over the Bridge and the Tunnel, or a joint MTO-MDOT authority should govern them (sort of like the authority that runs the bridges between NY and NJ in the NYC area).
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Re: Detroit Bridge Wars
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Re: Detroit Bridge Wars
« Reply #46 on: March 02, 2010, 07:49:49 PM »

Now the Coast Guard has blocked Maroun's plan, revealing it will not consider his application as long as Maroun remains in dispute with the city of Detroit over land rights near the bridge site.
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Re: Detroit Bridge Wars
« Reply #47 on: March 03, 2010, 03:20:01 PM »

What are the chances Mouron will take this fight with MDOT all the way to top?
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Re: Detroit Bridge Wars
« Reply #48 on: March 03, 2010, 04:21:25 PM »

Can we just blow him up?
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Re: Detroit Bridge Wars
« Reply #49 on: March 11, 2010, 04:30:08 AM »

Michigan DOT hopes for P3 law this year to allow new Detroit River toll bridge to Canada

On the plus side, they're moving beyond Moroun, but in going with a P3, they need to make sure that they don't replace Moroun with someone else like him on the P3 project!  :sombrero:
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