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Plans for new bridge held up by delays in buying properties

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An official says plans for the Gordie Howe International Bridge are being held up by delays in buying properties in Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit.

Dwight Duncan, interim chair of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, tells the Detroit Free Press ( ) about 30 of the roughly 900 parcels needed in the Delray district of Detroit could pose potential problems if owners resist selling.

In Windsor, meanwhile, the newspaper says negotiations are taking longer than originally anticipated with Hydro One, a power company with facilities and transmission lines in the zone for the bridge between the U.S. and Canada.

The delays have held up release of the bridge authority's formal Request for Proposals, the detailed bid document initially expected by the end of 2015. The bridge is scheduled to open in 2020.

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