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Bridge hearings to resume

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The Ambassador Bridge in Detroit.

By Laura Weber, Michigan Public Radio Network

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LANSING, MI – A state Senate panel is expected to start hearings back up on a proposed second bridge between Detroit and Canada. Lawmakers say they still have a lot of testimony they need to hear before they can make a decision.

State Senator Geoff Hansen is from Oceana County. He says people ask him every day about the Detroit bridge proposal, even on the west side of the state.

"It's been brought up to a really high profile thing with all the advertising on the TV and all the fliers that have come out," Hansen says.

Hansen was one of a handful of targets for negative campaigns from a conservative group supported by the owners of the existing Ambassador Bridge in Detroit. The group went after Republican lawmakers who had yet to make a decision on the bridge. Hansen says he tells people who ask him about the project that there is too much information to gather and too much at stake to make a quick decision one way or the other.

Governor Rick Snyder's administration hopes lawmakers make the decision to approve the long-talked-about bridge project before the end of the year.

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