U.S. needs to step up on Detroit-Windsor bridge project: Gov.

A commercial automotive supplier truck passes under a sign leading to the Ambassador bridge...

A commercial automotive supplier truck passes under a sign leading to the Ambassador bridge crossing over to Detroit, Michigan from Windsor, Ontario September 28, 2013. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

OTTAWA - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday the U.S. "needs to do a better job" on the Detroit-Windsor bridge, a project that's been in the works for more than a decade.

Proposed back in 2002, the bridge is needed to facilitate trade between the U.S. and Canada - the largest trading partners in the world - but that's been mired in controversy and setbacks since the beginning.

Snyder was joined by Transport Minister Lisa Raitt Wednesday for the joint announcement of a review panel, appointed to oversee all phases of the bridge construction.

Canada is funding most of the $1 billion project, with Washington only on the hook for the construction of a customs plaza on the U.S. side of the bridge.

That funding - $250 million - was thrown in doubt several months ago when Washington indicated it may not have the money.


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