Mad Matty Moroun Keeps Fighting, Could Take Bridge Battle to Court

November 08, 2012, 5:55 AM

Moroun1Matty Moroun apparently isn't done fighting the state yet.

A spokesman indicated Wednesday that the feisty billionaire, who lost a costly try to sway voters, now may mount a legal challenge to a planned Detroit-Windsor bridge. That public span would compete with his privately owned Ambassador Bridge.

"If the governmental proposal doesn't collapse from the weight of legal and legislative scrutiny, the unstable salt mine foundations [under the site] will present some serious obstacles which should call the entire project into question," Moroun aide Mickey Blashfield says in a statement published by The Detroit News.

"Similar and serious financial, legal and logistical questions have already been raised regarding the viability of the NITC [New International Trade Crossing bridge] -- questions Governor Snyder and his administration have still refused to answer directly."

When asked whether Moroun is threatening a legal challenge, according to Karen Bouffard of The News' Lansing bureau, Blashfield said: "The statement speaks for itself."

Voters Tuesday soundly rejected Proposal 6, which would have required a public vote to approve any new international bridge or tunnel in the state.

Moroun and his Detroit International Bridge Co., spent more than $33 million on efforts to get the proposal passed. The bridge company spent another $9 million in TV ads opposing Snyder's bridge project, according to The News.   

Read more:  The Detroit News

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