A Wayne County Circuit Court judge will rule in January on the latest legal wrangle that is part of a larger, years-long dispute over dueling plans for a new bridge serving the busy trade route between Detroit and Canada.

Judge Prentis Edwards is expected to rule within the next few weeks on whether the Detroit International Bridge Co. should be held in contempt for failing to follow the state's orders when building ramps to serve a new bridge the company wants to replace its existing span.

The Michigan Department of Transportation — which wants to build its own, publicly funded bridge over the river — sued the company for not following a state contract during the 2009 construction of the ramps.

The judge told both parties to submit 10-page summaries of their positions by Jan. 4 and said he would issue a ruling by Jan. 10.

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