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December 3, 2013

Bridge will link U.S. to Canada truck route

Plans for a new bridge connecting the United States and Canada through Michigan and Ontario are moving forward.

Members were recently appointed to a new authority that will oversee construction of the new bridge between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan. Called the Detroit River International Crossing in Canada and the New International Trade Crossing in Michigan, the project consists of four major infrastructure components; the six-lane bridge, the Canadian port of entry, the U.S. port of entry and an interchange connection to Interstate 75 in Michigan, according to reports by TruckingInfo.com.

“This milestone is the latest achievement in an exciting project that will create short- and long-term jobs, energize the economy and enhance security for Michigan and Canada,” said Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. “The International Authority has a leadership role in driving the New International Trade Crossing forward. We’re fortunate to have such talented, dedicated appointees who are willing to serve. I am confident they will provide the expertise and guidance that will make the NITC a shining example of international cooperation and economic success.”

Estimated to cost nearly $4 billion, the bridge will open in 2020 and serve as a vital passageway for commercial trucks. The bridge will connect truck traffic between the United States and its North American neighbor to the north.

“The value of trade between the United States and its North American trading partners rose in May compared to a year ago, reports the Department of Transportation,” TruckingInfo.com reported last month. “U.S.-NAFTA trade totaled $103.9 billion in May 2014, 5.4 percent more than a year ago. U.S.-NAFTA trade has increased from the same month of the previous year for four consecutive months and in 10 of the last 11 months, interrupted by a 0.2 percent decrease in January. The January decline reflected the severe weather in the northern states and along the U.S.-Canada border.”

The same article reported that four of five transportation modes carried more than in May a year ago, led by pipeline, up 23.1 percent.” The increase in the value of freight carried by pipelines reflects both a rise in the volume and prices for oil and other petroleum products and was almost all between the U.S. and Canada,” TruckingInfo.com added.

In addition to a growth in trade value, the trucking industry has experienced an increase in the number of trucks crossing the border.

“The number of commercial truck crossings into the United States from Canada and Mexico was 10.8 million in 2013, 1.1 percent more than in 2012, according to new U.S. Department of Transportation figures,” TruckingInfo.com reported last week. “The increase follows ones from 2010 to 2012 after four years of declines from 2005 to 2009, a period that includes the last recession.”

The data was from a the Border Crossing/Entry Data report posted on the Bureau of Transportation Statistics website. The database also includes numbers of incoming trains, buses, containers, personal vehicles, and pedestrians entering the United States through land ports and ferry crossings on the U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico border, TruckingInfo.com added.

“The database shows that there were 163.3 million person crossings into the U.S. from Mexico in personal vehicles or as pedestrians in 2013, a 4.6 percent increase from 2012,” TruckingInfo.com reported. “There were an additional 62.8 million person crossings into the U.S. from Canada in personal vehicles or as pedestrians in 2013, a 0.5 percent increase in person crossings from 2012.”