More than 80 people, including members of Michigan’s Senate Economic Development Committee, embarked Monday on a fact-finding tour of proposed sites for a controversial plan to build a publicly funded bridge over the Detroit River.

Critics and supporters of the $3.8 billion bridge — dubbed the New International Trade Crossing — rode the tour bus. Manuel “Matty” Maroun, the reclusive owner of the only current bridge spanning the busy trade route, was also on hand, according to local press reports.

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