Alan Ackerman was recently quoted in a DBusiness article on the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. Here is an excerpt:
Alan Ackerman, a partner in the law firm Ackerman and Ackerman in Bloomfield Hills, which specializes in eminent domain and condemnation issues, says he doesn’t have a problem with the new bridge, but he notes the Canadian government for years slowed down truck traffic on the Ambassador Bridge by not staffing all of the inspection booths.
“In the mid-1990s, the Michigan Department of Transportation worked hand in hand with the Ambassador Bridge to provide for new entry ramps and infrastructure as part of an overall reconstruction of I-75 in that area,” Ackerman says. “But once 9/11 came, the State of Michigan and the Canadian government changed their tunes and they began to literally put up roadblocks to the Ambassador Bridge.
“(The late) Matty Moroun bought the Ambassador Bridge fair and square (in 1979), and the State of Michigan, the Canadian government, and anyone else could have bid on it, but they didn’t. Having two bridges is good overall, and it remains to be seen how they will compete. I hope there will be enough traffic for both of them. The best thing businesses and governments can do is work together to get as many jobs as possible on both sides of the border.”
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