Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has reportedly denied billionaire Matty
Moroun’s $30 million bid to buy the Detroit-Windsor tunnel and 25 acres of
The Windsor Star reported
Kilpatrick has shelved an earlier agreement for Moroun to assume control over
tunnel operations and construct a shared toll system on the Detroit side for
both the tunnel and the Ambassador Bridge that connect the city with Windsor,
Moroun’s company, the Detroit International Bridge Company has private
control over the Ambassador Bridge, the busiest traffic link between the U.S.
Moroun’s plan to acquire the tunnel drew fire from Canadian officials
and members of the Detroit City Council, according to The Star, which led to Kilpatrick’s
decision to deny.
Canadian officials were particularly concerned because the plan
included a proposal to move Canadian customs agents to the toll plaza on the
Detroit side of the river.
The Detroit & Canada Tunnel Corp., which operates the tunnel owned
by the cities of Detroit and Windsor, is in the process of renegotiating its
15-year lease to further prevent the Moroun plan from moving forward, The Star reported.
requests to contact Moroun’s company have gone unanswered.
– By David Tanner, staff writer