Official pushes for twin Ambassador span

March 30, 2009 at 12:41 AM
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DETROIT, March 30 (UPI) -- A state official in Michigan says a twin span Ambassador Bridge would be easier to protect from terrorist attack.

The Detroit Free Press reported Sunday that Brig. Gen. Michael McDaniel, Gov. Jennifer Granholm's homeland security adviser, said there should be two spans from Detroit to Windsor, Canada.

The newspaper noted that the Ambassador Bridge handled more than 20 percent of the United States' $537 billion in trade with Canada last year.

"There are two main targets, either the people or the structure," McDaniel said. "If you were going to talk about the most important infrastructure in Michigan, you'd be talking about the Soo Locks and the Ambassador Bridge."

Manuel Moroun, whose Detroit International Bridge Co. is the owner/operator of the bridge, has acquired land for a new plaza, duty-free shop and gas station leading to the proposed span that would parallel the Ambassador.

"Yes, we need the additional capacity and, yes, it should be viewed from a security standpoint," said Dave Miller, vice president for global policy and economic sustainability for Con-way Inc., a $5-billion freight transportation company based in San Mateo, Calif.

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