Bridge co fangs Guv on VMS for delays - hardball in Detroit

May 16, 2012
By Peter Samuel

Michigan's populist Republican governor Rick Snyder regularly plays Detroit's favorite game of Bash the Bridge Company, for example calling it a "private monopoly" (the market is split three ways with the nearby Detroit Windsor Tunnel and the state's own Blue Water Bridge further north).

But the bridge company plays hardball too, as demonstrated with a variable message sign.

Whenever traffic backs up now they run a sign: "BRIDGE CUSTOMER: This traffic delay is brought to you by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and his Transportation Department".

Currently under a court order Michigan DOT contractors are doing rebuild and new construction on the bridge company property which the company says causes backups.

TOLLROADSnews 2012-05-16


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