ODOT & Canadian Consulate Special Reports

A new bridge crossing between Detroit and Ontario, Canada may have significant impacts on freight traffic and industry in southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio. Joe Comartin, Consul General, Canadian Consulate in Detroit, will be a special guest speaker at TMACOG’s April 15 Board of Trustees meeting to discuss the Gordie Howe International Bridge and its expected impact on the region. Jack Marchbanks, Director, Ohio Department of Transportation, will introduce Mr. Comartin, and also give an update on ODOT policy following the Consul General’s remarks.

The Consulate in Detroit represents Canada in one of the most active regions in the U.S. Between Detroit and Windsor, nearly 7,000 commercial vehicles and an average of $290 million (U.S. dollars) in surface trade cross the border each day, making this location the busiest commercial gateway between the U.S. and Canada. The new Gordie Howe International Bridge project is now underway at this critical crossing.

Joe Comartin, Consul General, Canadian Consulate in Detroit

Jack Marchbanks, Ph.D.,
ODOT Director

Dr. Marchbanks has been with ODOT since 1996. He rose through the ranks from deputy director of District 6, to assistant director for Business & Human Resources for ODOT until his appointment as director by Gov. DeWine in January 2019. Director Marchbanks recently earned a PhD from Ohio University. He also holds an MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati and a master’s degree from Clark-Atlanta University.

TMACOG Board of Trustees Meeting Presentations
Wednesday, April 15, 2 – 3 p.m.
Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza
300 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Toledo

There is no fee to attend but registration is required to reserve a seat. All TMACOG meetings are open to the public. Please register by Friday, April 10. For special accommodations, contact Jennifer Allen at 419.241.9155, ext. 1107.


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