Mackinac Bridge Authority to hear details on proposed Line 5 tunnel

Mackinac Bridge Authority to hear details on proposed Line 5 tunnel

ST. IGNACE, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- The Mackinac Bridge Authority will learn more on Thursday about the proposed tunnel that the State of Michigan and the Canadian energy company, Enbridge, have agreed will house Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac.

The agreement, signed by Governor Rick Snyder, proposes the Mackinac Bridge Authority owning and operating the tunnel.

The entire cost of the project would be paid for by Enbridge.

The Department of Natural Resources will be presenting more details about the tunnel at Thursday's Mackinac Bridge Authority Board meeting.

Ultimately, it will be up to the board to vote on whether they will take the responsibilities for the tunnel.

“A common misconception out there is, the Mackinac Bridge Authority is not being asked whether a tunnel should be built," said Bob Sweeney from the Mackinac Bridge Authority. "This is, assuming that a tunnel is being built, would the Mackinac Bridge Authority be interested in being the public body to oversee the construction and ownership of that tunnel.”

The bridge authority was chosen, because it already owns and operates the Mackinac Bridge and is located close to the site of the proposed tunnel.

The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday at the Little Bear East Arena in St. Ignace.

A live stream of Thursday's meeting will be available on the bridge authority's website.

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