Senate panel tours proposed NITC site

LANSING — A bus containing Michigan lawmakers, state officials, Michigan Department of Transportation Director Kirk Steudle, Ambassador Bridge Company representatives and a member of the Parliament of Canada recently toured the current Ambassador Bridge facilities and the proposed site for the New International Bridge Crossing (NITC).

The Senate Economic Development Committee, chaired by Sen. Mike Kowall, heard testimony Monday and got a firsthand look at the sites and facilities on both sides of the border.

“The tour was informative and helped shed a new light on both sides of the NITC debate,” said Kowall, R-White Lake. “We have received a great deal of new information and will continue to process it in the coming weeks.”

The delegation toured the Ambassador Bridge facilities in Detroit and Windsor, as well as the Delray neighborhood in Detroit and Sandwich Town in Windsor, the proposed landing site locations for the NITC.

“There is no deadline for action on this issue,” Kowall said. “The committee is going to take its time, investigate all the issues thoroughly and vote on the legislation when we feel we have all the facts. It’s more important that we get this right, then getting it done right now.”

According to Kowall, the Senate panel will convene further hearings on the NITC in the fall.