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Canadian official: His government will buy land in Detroit to clear way for new cross-bridge

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DETROIT - A Canadian official says his government plans to start buying land in Detroit for the U.S. portion of a new bridge linking the nations. It's a way to bypass opponents of the project and overcome the U.S. government's failure to allocate the money.

Outgoing Canadian Consul General Roy Norton tells the Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/1eiSeKP ) that the project is too important to delay.

Canada is paying most of the project's $2 billion-plus cost on both the Windsor, Ontario, and the Detroit sides of the river, recouping costs from future tolls.

Last month, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder complained about the Obama administration's failure to commit $250 million for a border inspection plaza.

Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun opposes the project, proposing a new span to his own bridge.

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