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Long Delays For Truck Traffic Into U.S. On Ambassador Bridge

January 09, 2019 - 7:04 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - There were delays of well over an hour, Wednesday evening, for commercial truck traffic heading into the U.S. from Canada on the Ambassador Bridge.

General manager for the bridge Randy Spader said traffic started getting heavy in the morning, and things only got worse into the day. 

As to whether or not there is a problem with border agents due to the ongoing partial U.S. government shutdown, he said he simply does not know. 

"I haven't been given any of that information, haven't been told that at all," he told WWJ Sandra McNeill. "Just basically in our conversations with the facilities they have open (is that) they're going to maintain all facilities until they get he backlog clear."

CTV Windsor reported police noted traffic backups in Windsor along Huron Church Road, and reminded motorists to not block intersections.

Spader said all inspection lanes were open on the U.S. side, as of around 6 p.m.

As to whether some border agents -- who may not be paid this Friday -- have not been showing up for work, he said: "I'm not, you know...We're the operators of the bridge. I don't know."

Several calls by WWJ to  U.S. Customs and Border Protection have not been answered, likely due to the shutdown.

A notice on the CBP website reads: "Due to the lapse in federal funding, this website will not be actively managed. This website was last updated on December 21, 2018 and will not be updated until after finding is enacted. As such, information on this website may not be up to date."

Meanwhile, all Canada-bound traffic was not affected.

There were no reports of delays at the Detroit Windsor Tunnel. However, drivers should note that the tunnel will be closing Wednesday at 8 p.m. and re-opening Thursday at 5:30 a.m. for scheduled maintenance.