March 20, 2009 / 3:58 PM / in 9 years

Canada to upgrade busy truck bridge to U.S.

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada will spend C$13.5 million ($10.9 million) to upgrade the second-busiest Canada-U.S. border crossing for trucks to improve the flow of commerce, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Friday.

Harper, who complained last month to U.S. President Barack Obama about the “thickening” of the border, said the improvements would reduce traffic congestion at the Blue Water Bridge, which links Sarnia, Ontario, and Port Huron, Michigan.

The bridge had 5 million crossings last year, 1.5 million of them by trucks. The project is being advanced by two years as part of the government’s economic stimulus package.

($1=$1.24 Canadian)

Reporting by Randall Palmer; Editing by Peter Galloway

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