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Tag: MDOT (page 2)
By The Wizard of Laws, Section News
Cross-posted in The Wizard of Laws
To hear MDOT talk, the proposed Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) is not so much a bridge as a yellow brick road to eternal prosperity. This image appeals to your Wizard, of course, but I am more concerned about whether the image is based in reality or merely the result of a bump on the head. Why the DRIC instead of a private second span put up by the Ambassador Bridge (AB) people?
The case for DRIC goes something like this: (1) we need a second bridge to accommodate the tremendous growth in traffic we will see in the future, (2) the good witch of the north (Canada, for those of you not following my Oz analogy) has offered us a $550 million loan to get started, and (3) we can turn that $550 million into another $2 billion from the federal government to put toward our roads. Ultimately, the DRIC is supposed to generate thousands and thousands of jobs and enable our manufacturing and agriculture industries to thrive. The Canadian loan, the cost of the project, and all future costs would be paid or repaid out of bridge tolls.
Let's set aside the "jobs" and "thriving industries" justifications for now. Whether the bridge is built through a public-private partnership or by the AB folks, those benefits should still accrue, so those justifications favor neither approach. And, if we need a second bridge, we need a second bridge, regardless of who builds it.
So, based solely on media coverage (a dicey proposition, I know), the case for DRIC appears to boil down to the fact that Canada has offered its loan for a public bridge, and we can use that loan to leverage federal highway funds. Let's look at these issues in some more detail:
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