Ambassador Bridge loses another appeal in bid to stop new bridge

Jun 20, 2014

The Federal Highway Authority has approved the Detroit neighborhood of Delray as the site for a new, public-private international bridge, downriver from the Ambassador Bridge, pictured here.
Credit (photo by Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)

Another legal obstacle to building a new international bridge in Detroit has been swept away. 

An appeals court panel on Friday struck down challenges made by the Ambassador Bridge's owner and some minority community groups. 

The groups said the Federal Highway Administration's decision to build a new public-private bridge in the downriver community of Delray was arbitrary – and officials deferred too much to Canada's wishes. 

But the appeals court pointed out the decision took years to accomplish and that many other factors besides Canada's wishes were considered.

The lawsuit also argued that it's not fair to put the bridge in Delray, one of the most economically distressed neighborhoods in Detroit.  

But the judges found that there were other distressed neighborhoods considered that would have been hurt even more – and Delray was the most practical choice.