Michigan DOT Will Not Lift Hazmat Ban on Ambassador Bridge

Last week, the Michigan Department of Transportation announced that the department has decided that “public safety would not be enhanced by allowing corrosive or flammable materials to cross the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit.

MDOT says the announcement comes after an 8 month review of factual comments and several meetings with law enforcement and emergency responders.

MDOT began reviewing the issue after the Detroit International Bridge Company (DIBC) “asked for modifications to current restrictions placed on what types of materials are allowed to cross over the Ambassador Bridge,” MDOT states.

“Federal law states that changes in the routing of hazardous materials should be granted if the change enhances public safety,” MDOT states. After an investigation, MDOT determined no improvement to public safety would result from granting DIBC’s requests.

Michigan state law designates MDOT as the agency responsible for determining where non-ratioactive materials can and cannot be carried.

MDOT commissioned a technical study which culminated in a synopsis report that examined all four locations in Detroit.

The four existing routes are:
– Ambassador Bridge from Porter Street to Windsor, Ontario
– The Detroit/Windsor Tunnel from Jefferson Avenue to Windsor, Ontario
– M-10 (Lodge Freeway) from Howard Street to Woodward Avenue under Cobo Center
– M-10 (Lodge Freeway) between 8 Mile Road and Wyoming Avenue.

[document url=”http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdot/MDOT_FAQHazMat_446375_7.pdf”]

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Study: Hazardous Materials Routing Synopsis Report – Wayne County