Supports Construction of New International Trade Crossing

State Representative Terry Boose (R-Norwalk) today announced that the Ohio House of Representatives unanimously passed House Resolution 198, which urges support for the construction of the New International Trade Crossing bridge between the United States and Canada.

If constructed, the bridge would be built over the Detroit River to increase trade with Canada, America’s largest foreign trading partner. Ohio’s bilateral trade with Canada totaled $30.9 billion in 2010, and it is estimated to have supported more than 300,000 jobs in Ohio.

“I sponsored this resolution because both Ohio and Michigan need more jobs,” Representative Boose said. “By opening up more lanes of traffic across the Detroit River, our states can benefit from the existing commerce, as well as the new commerce that the increased commercial traffic flow the project will bring. I’m pleased that it has the support of the Ohio House.”

The most adjacent border crossings currently in use between Ohio and Canada are the Detroit Windsor Tunnel, Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron, and Ambassador Bridge in Detroit. Ambassador Bridge carries a quarter of all trade between the countries. With its aging nature, the New International Trade Crossing has become Canada’s top national infrastructure project.

House Resolution 198 is companion legislation to Senate Resolution 141, which was recently passed by the Ohio Senate.


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