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Detroit council considers transfer of 301 properties for $2 billion US-Canada bridge project

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DETROIT — The Detroit City Council is considering the transfer of 301 city-owned properties to the Michigan Land Bank in exchange for $1.4 million from the Canadian government as part of plans for a $2 billion international commuter bridge.

A special council session is scheduled Monday morning.

Gov. Rick Snyder and Canada have agreed to build the New International Trade Crossing over the Detroit River between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. The bridge's Detroit footprint would be on the city's southwest side.

Canada is paying most of the $2 billion project's cost on both sides of the border and plans to recoup the money through tolls. Officials say they hope to open the bridge in 2020.

The project is opposed by the owner of the existing Ambassador Bridge.

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