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State still considering proposal for Harsens Island bridge

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Officials are continuing to review a proposal for a drawbridge connecting the St. Clair County mainland to Harsens Island, northeast of Detroit.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has received about 280 written comments on the Detroit International Bridge Co.'s proposal.

DEQ analyst Katie Fairchild tells the Times Herald of Port Huron that a "review of the proposed impacts, including consideration of the comments received" is next in the process.

A public hearing was held in March. A permit application shows the 1,750-foot bridge would cross the St. Clair River's north channel.

Currently, the only ways to access the island are via boat or ferry.

The newspaper says previous permit requests have been denied.

The bridge company operates the Ambassador Bridge connecting Detroit to Windsor, Ontario, in Canada. 

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