On February 18, 2015, the governments of Canada, the United States and Michigan announced that they had concluded discussions and signed an Arrangement regarding the funding of the U.S. inspection plaza for the project.
Under the terms of the Arrangement, the U.S. inspection plaza will be procured as part of the public-private partnership to design, finance, construct, operate and maintain the project. The cost of the entire project will be repaid from future toll revenues.
The Arrangement sets out the roles and responsibilities for all parties going forward with respect to the U.S. port of entry and was drafted to be consistent with the Canada-Michigan Crossing Agreement signed by Canada and Michigan in 2012.
Most importantly, the Arrangement avoids further delays in building the much-needed new crossing by allowing Canada and Michigan to move the project forward to its next steps which include further design work and property acquisition on the U.S. side.