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Coast Guard Issues Permit for New Ambassador Bridge Project

U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Coast Guard

DETROIT -- A permit for the location and plans for a twin of the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, in Canada, has been approved.

The U.S. Coast Guard said Tuesday that the agency completed a review and evaluation of the Detroit International Bridge Co.'s application for the proposed new commuter bridge.

The Coast Guard says it looked at the potential impact the project would have on river navigation and the environment.

Canadian officials still must approve the bridge before construction can begin. The Bridge Co. also needs permission from the state and U.S. National Park Service to construct the bridge over park land in southwest Detroit.

The Ambassador Bridge's owner is fighting the construction of a competing $2.1 billion government span between Detroit and Windsor.

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