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      Governor Rick Snyder praises U.S. approval of new Detroit-Canada bridge

      Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is lauding the U.S. government's approval of a new bridge from Detroit to Canada.

      He said in a Friday statement that the crossing will create jobs and get Michigan-made products to market more quickly. He plans to discuss the infrastructure project at a Detroit business in the afternoon.

      The Republican governor is a key backer of the bridge and last year struck his own deal with Canada after running into opposition in the GOP-led Legislature. Canada will pay Michigan's costs for the bridge, including an interchange linking the span to Interstate 75 on the American side. Construction of the bridge itself will be repaid by Canada through tolls.

      A lawsuit challenging the project has been filed by owners of the current Ambassador Bridge.