WINDSOR, Ont. - Transport Canada confirms it has been in talks to buy the Ambassador Bridge, which spans the Detroit River to connect Windsor, Ont., with Detroit.
There's no word on a price that would be paid to the current owner, Manuel (Matty) Moroun.
If it is successful in buying the bridge, Transport Canada says it would have no impact on plans for a new bridge down river at Brighton Beach.
The federal government has purchased 38 hectares of land from the city of Windsor, at a cost of $34 million, to help build a new six-lane bridge.
Officials have been working for years to add capacity at the world's busiest border crossing, now served by the current bridge and a tunnel that runs under the river.
Moroun, who wants to build a new bridge, and community groups in Michigan are opposing the plan for the second bridge at the new site.