Detroit News: Lawmakers urge customs plaza funding in Port Huron

Washington — Three members of Michigan’s congressional delegation are again appealing to the Obama administration to give higher priority to funding an expanded customs plaza at the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron in the next federal budget.

The Blue Water Bridge, which links Port Huron with Sarnia, Ontario, has awaited a delayed $165 million construction project for several years.

Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, and Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township; and Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, wrote Thursday to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Shaun Donovan, director of the Office of Management and Budget, urging the “strongest possible funding” for the facility construction account at U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

“The Blue Water Bridge is the United States’ third-busiest land crossing in terms of value of shipments,” the lawmakers wrote.

“Focused investment in modern infrastructure and technology at our busiest land ports of entry, such as the Blue Water Bridge, is essential to our economic well-being and security.”

By:  Melissa Nann Burke
Source: Detroit News