CHICAGO - As Michigan legislators continue to wrangle over a 2010 budget, a group of environmental and transportation activists this week urged officials and Gov. Jennifer Granholm to drop plans to build a new $1.8 billion border crossing between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.

"With Michigan's budget problems and with the state of our existing infrastructure, which is in dire need of being repaired, it's become apparent that this amount of money is not a good investment," said Hugh McDiarmid, communications director with the Michigan Environmental Council. It is one of nine groups - including the Sierra Club Michigan, Detroit-based Transportation Riders United and several Canadian groups - to sign the open letter to the state officials.

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