Renewed Push for New Bridge to Canada in Detroit

Needs $250 million in federal money


A decade ago Les Cadman stopped making improvements to his small house in Detroit's declining Delray district because it stood in the path of a proposed bridge to Windsor, Ontario, the bustling Canadian city just across the Detroit River.

"Why bother fixing the place up when it looked like it would become a tear down?" asked Cadman, a former trucker, still spry at age 83.

Ten years on and his house no longer directly in the bridge's path, Cadman and other residents of this forgotten neighborhood near the Detroit River are still waiting to see what a new bridge and a proposed 170-acre (70-hectare) U.S. customs plaza would mean for their community.