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International Bridge Initiative
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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:Michigan Constitution
Referred by:Citizens
Topic:Transportation on the ballot
Status:On the ballot

The Michigan International Bridge Initiative is on the November 6, 2012 statewide ballot in Michigan as an initiated constitutional amendment. If enacted this measure would require voters to approve any new bridge or tunnel from Michigan to Canada. The measure was proposed by the Detroit International Bridge Co. and is being sponsored by a committee called The People Should Decide.[1][2]


The Detroit International Bridge Co. filed the measure in response to a proposed project aimed at constructing a new international bridge increasing the number of lanes connecting Detroit to Windsor in Canada. The project, called the New International Trade Crossing (NITC), would compete for traffic with the Detroit International Bridge Co.'s current bridge, the Ambassador Bridge.[3]


The Detroit International Bridge Co. has released a number of ads either supporting the amendment or targeting the New International Trade Crossing. However, the group Michigan Truth Squad, part of the bipartisan Center for Michigan, has rated all the ads "Flagrant Foul," questioning the truthfulness of their contents.[3]

Campaign contributions

In Michigan campaign finance information related to ballot measures is organized by ballot question committees. The following data was obtained from the state Campaign Finance Committee:

Committee info:

Committee Amount raised Amount spent
The People Should Decide $4,657,500.00 $4,588,552.97[4]
Total $4,657,500.00 $4,588,552.97


As a supporter of the new bridge which would compete with Detroit International Bridge Co., Governor Rick Snyder opposes this amendment which would seriously hamper plans on the new bridge if passed.[3]


Path to the ballot

See also: Michigan signature requirements

In order to place the measure on the November 2012 ballot supporters were required to collect a minimum of 322,609 valid signatures by July 9, 2012.

Following a stalemate vote in the Board of State Canvassers, the measure was taken to the Michigan Supreme Court where it was certified for the ballot.[5]

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