Michigan clears land in Detroit before construction of international commuter bridge

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DETROIT — Michigan is clearing land in Detroit ahead of the construction of a commuter bridge to Canada.

Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday that three blighted and abandoned publicly owned structures in southwest Detroit are being cleared this week. Other demolition will occur over the next several months to allow for construction of the New International Trade Crossing over the Detroit River between the city and Windsor, Ontario.

Snyder and Canada's minister of transport appointed representatives to the International Authority in July to oversee bridge construction.

Canada is paying most of the $2 billion project's cost and plans to recoup the money through tolls. Officials have said they hope to open the bridge in 2020.

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