Michigan voters won't have say in new bridge to Canada

Published On: Nov 07 2012 01:02:14 AM EST

Here is the area in Southwest Detroit where the new bridge is proposed to be built.

DETROIT -

Michigan voters say they don't need to weigh in on whether new bridges or tunnels are built between their state and Canada.

Voters on Tuesday defeated a ballot measure that called for a statewide vote on plans for any new international crossing.

The proposal was engineered by Manuel "Matty" Moroun, owner of the private Ambassador Bridge in Detroit. It came in response to the proposed construction of a Canadian-financed bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.

Moroun wants instead to build a new span of his own, and he spent millions of advertising dollars to support the ballot proposal.

Gov. Rick Snyder brokered the Canadian-financed deal in June and opposed Moroun's ballot measure. He calls Moroun a special interest against Michigan interests.

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