Higgins says that announcement underscores the need for Buffalo to get to work on a new Peace Bridge. He says it's an example of how delays and obstruction are costing the community jobs and economic opportunity.
"The Plaza (project) has to come first to efficiently and effectively process vehicles. We need to move forward. This Buffalo Peace Bridge project has been talked about for three decades," Higgins says.
The Congressman spoke Monday afternoon at Broderick Park on Squaw Island at the foot of Ferry St. in Buffalo.
He says a study from the Center for Automotive Research found the Detroit project will mean a lot of construction jobs -- approximately 12,000 per year during the four-year construction phase.
"That's the operating engineers, the electricians, the steelworkers, and it will create 8,000 permanent jobs," Higgins says.
The lawmakers says Western New York also needs those jobs, and "a more predictable and reliable" way to come into and out of southern Ontario, and it just underscores the urgency of moving forward on a new Peace Bridge project.