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Canada announces plans to cover U.S. costs of major new Windsor-Detroit bridge

File photo - Traffic makes its way to Ambassador Bridge that connects Canada to the United States in Windsor Ont. on Friday June 15, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Spowart

OTTAWA – The federal government says it’s reached a deal to cover the costs of a major new bridge between Canada and the U.S.

Canada was already planning to pay for 95 per cent of a new bridge between Windsor, Ont., and Detroit.

Now it’s covering the final portion – a United States customs plaza.

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Transport Minister Lisa Raitt says it won’t cost Canadian taxpayers anything because the funds will be recouped through tolls and a public-private partnership.

The Canadian government had expressed frustration at having to wait for construction to start on the U.S. side of the estimated $4 billion project.

The new infrastructure would be a next-generation replacement for the aging bridge that currently handles one third of all Canada-U.S. trade.

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