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Lawmakers' bus tour turns into debate over bridges

Laura Weber
Michigan Public Radio Network
Matthew Maroun, whose family owns the Ambassador Bridge, outlined his opposition to a new public bridge between Windsor and Detroit.

A busload of lawmakers and state officials toured parts of Detroit today that would be affected by a proposed second bridge between Detroit and Canada.

The tour began at the privately owned Ambassador Bridge, where the owners defended their proposal to build a second span and prevent the state from building a publicly owned bridge.  

Matthew Maroun is a member of the family that owns the Ambassador Bridge. He says his company saves taxpayers from having to pay for a new bridge:

“It’s a shining symbol of American prosperity, without any government assistance whatsoever, and as you can see, there’s nothing standing in the way other than politics and ideology for why this bridge can’t make another span directly across from the existing span.”

A lawyer from Detroit says a city park along the river would prevent the Maroun family from building a bridge alongside the Ambassador Bridge.