In Michigan
6:10 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Key Ambassador Bridge ramp could be done by spring

DETROIT –

The state of Michigan says it's received federal approval to build an elevated ramp that will take trucks directly to interstates from Detroit's Ambassador Bridge.

The job could be completed by Memorial Day. In a statement Wednesday, the Transportation Department says the property finally was signed over last month by the bridge owner.

The Federal Highway Administration told the state the work can be done while the bridge owner remains locked in litigation with MDOT over the Gateway Project. The project to alleviate congestion in the Ambassador Bridge neighborhood was supposed to be finished four years ago.

Two bridge executives, including 84-year-old Manuel "Matty" Moroun, recently spent a night in jail as a consequence for missed deadlines.