DETROIT, March 24 (UPI) — The owner of the Ambassador Bridge says U.S. and Canadian officials have acted illegally in preventing it from building a new bridge over the Detroit River.
The Detroit International Bridge Co. wants to build a twin bridge to replace its aging Ambassador Bridge.
In a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court, the bridge company accused government officials in both countries of stalling the replacement plan in favor of a plan to build a publicly owned bridge about two miles from the Ambassador, the Detroit News reported Wednesday.
The plan for the publicly owned Detroit River International Crossing is backed by the state of Michigan and the U.S. and Canadian governments, and has received environmental clearance from the U.S. Coast Guard.
A spokeswoman for the Coast Guard, which is named in the lawsuit, said she could not comment on pending litigation. Canadian officials and officials for the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, also named in the lawsuit, could not be reached for comment.
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