Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder last Thursday met with top Canadian officials to talk about a proposed $4 billion, publicly funded trade bridge spanning the Detroit River between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, according to local reports.

“We’ll keep the discussion going and remain very confident that this critical project will become a reality,” a Snyder spokesman told Crain’s Detroit.

Supporters like Snyder say it will secure the state’s future as a top exporter and that future traffic projections show the need for another bridge. Opponents, led by the owners of the private Ambassador Bridge, currently the only span over the river, say there is no need to spend public money on a new bridge and that tolls will not generate enough revenue to pay off the required debt.

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