(WJBK) - It is still a controversial project in Michigan but across the Detroit River construction is moving forward on the Gordie Howe bridge.
The Gordie Howe International Bridge route could become a reality in 2022. On Wednesday we learned about steps going forward, like obtaining the land to build the bridge.
"We are now at the stage where we can say we have effective control over 93 percent of those parcels," said Andy Doctoroff, special projects advisor, Michigan governor's office.
For the other property needed, authorities believe those residents will move, with help.
"For every single person we're making sure that every person will not be kicked out, that they have a time they need," Doctoroff said. "And if there are discussions to be had to ensure that, they will be had."
The new bridge will be a mile and a half long, with six lanes. It will be located in the Delray area southwest Detroit on the U.S. side and off Ojibway Parkway on the Canadian side.
"On the US side the port of entry will be one of the largest ports of entry anywhere in North America," said Mark Butler, Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority.
And soon we will see some changes on I-75.
"There will be interchange ramps that come from I-75 to the port of entry near Livernois, Military, in that general area," said Brad Wieferich, MDOT, Bureau of Development.
The owner of the Ambassador Bridge, the Moroun family, they sued to try to stop construction of the Gordie Howe bridge - but a federal appeals judge ruled against it, saying the construction can continue.
Construction will start on the American side probably next year.