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Monday, 11 February 2013 12:29

Lack of funds holds up bridge plaza expansion

(PORT HURON) -- A $145 million expansion of the Blue Water Bridge customs plaza in Port Huron has been halted due to a lack of federal funding. Port Huron city leaders have been told the federal government isn't interested in continuing the project. The update was given Friday by federal and state officials. U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Dennis Counihan says the project is not part of the agency's current five-year plan.
Congresswoman Candice Miller says she intends to forcefully communicate with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and President Obama that this decision is completely unacceptable. In 2011, budget concerns forced the then-$500 million project to be scaled back from 56 acres to 16 acres. The Blue Water Bridge connects Port Huron and Ontario over the St. Clair River. A state Transportation official says $47 billion in goods crossed the bridge in 2011.