Michigan Supreme Court Rejects Challenge of Gordie Howe Bridge

April 05, 2021, 7:44 AM

Gordie Howe International Bridge

The Moroun organization doesn't roll over easily.

In its latest challenge, the Michigan Supreme Court said Friday it won't hear its legal bid to try and derail construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge between Detroit and Canada, the Associated Press reports. The state Court of Appeal in June 2020 ruled in favor of the project between the state of Michigan and Canada, which is footing the bill. 

The Associated Press reports:

Companies controlled by the Moroun family, owners of the rival Ambassador Bridge, sued over the condemnation of land to make room for the new bridge. They said state lawmakers have barred the Transportation Department from spending tax dollars on the project.

But the appeals court said “no Michigan funds are ultimately expended” because Canada reimburses the state.

Supreme Court Justice David Viviano was the only judge interested in hearing the case, saying the question of  Michigan spending money on the project is worth addressing, even if it ultimately gets reimbursed by Canada. 

Read more:  Associated Press

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