Spokesman for fed transport minister says no offer made for Ambassador Bridge

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WINDSOR, Ont. - Transport Canada confirms it has held talks with the owner of the Ambassador Bridge, which spans the Detroit River to connect Windsor, Ont., with Detroit.
But a spokesman for Transport Minister John Baird says no offer has been made to buy the bridge from Manuel (Matty) Moroun.
James Kusie says in an email the government has had discussions on a variety of topics with Moroun, but won't comment on the details.
Dan Stamper, president of the Detroit International Bridge Co., says in a statement the company has "never solicited an offer for the bridge."
The federal government has purchased 38 hectares of land from the city of Windsor, at a cost of $34 million, to help build a new six-lane bridge down river from the Ambassador.
Kusie says the government remains committed to the building of a new bridge, as additional capacity is needed to support the anticipated growth in border traffic.
Officials have been working for years to add capacity at the busiest border crossing between Canada and the U.S., now served by the current bridge and a tunnel that runs under the river.
Moroun, who wants to build a new bridge, and community groups in Michigan are opposing the plan for the second bridge at the new site.

Organizations: Transport Canada, Detroit International Bridge Co.

Geographic location: WINDSOR, Detroit River, Canada U.S. Michigan

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