Strike at Canadian border causes massive traffic backup on Michigan freeways

Strike at Canadian border causes massive traffic backup on Michigan freeways

. OUR OTHER TOP STORY. A STRIKE BY CANADIAN BORDER WORKERS CAUSING FREEWAY BACKUPS ON I-75 IN FORT HURON. >> TAKE A LOOK AT THE AMBASSADOR BRIDGEN YOU SEE THE PROBLEM. THE BORDER IS STILL CLOSED TO NONESSENTIAL TRAVEL. WE ARE FOLLOWING WHAT IS ON THE GROUND. >> Reporter: DEVIN, KIM THIS IS THE FIRST MOVEMENT WE’VE SEEN SINCE WE’VE BEEN HERE. THIS PERSON IN THIS TRUCK TOLD US HE MOVED 60 FEET IN AN HOUR. LET’S LOOK HOW FAR THE SEMIS ARE BACKED UP. THAT IS STRETCHING FOR MILES. ALL OF THIS BACKUP IS SPARKING WORRIES ABOUT IF IT COULD HURT THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE ACROSS THE BRIDGE HERE. THE AMBASSADOR BRIDGE HOLDS 25% OF ALL U.S.-CANADA TRADE. CANADIAN BORDER AGENTS STARTING THEIR WORK ON THE STRIKE. MEANING THEIR WORK BUT ONLY TO THE SPECIFICS OF THEIR WORK DAY AND NOT A MINUTE MORE. CAUSING DELAYS. TRUCKS BACKED UP FOR MILES CAUSING TRAFFIC JAMS INTO DOWNTOWN DRIET. TWO HOURS AT THE AMBASSADOR BRIDGE. 1 HOUR AND 50 MINUTES IN FORT HURON AND 50 MINUTES IN THE WINDSOR TUNNEL. IT MEANS BIG PROBLEMS FOR BORDER-COSING BUSINESSES. >> THIS IS THE WORST TIME POSSIBLE FOR A SLOWDOWN, EVEN IF IT’S A WORK TO RULE SITUATION WITH THE SLOWDOWN. THE INDUSTRY HAS GONE THROUGH A TREMENDOUS PRESSURE. OUR SIGNATURE, OUR BIGGEST TRADING PARTNER IS THE AUTO INDUST. THE LAST THING IT NEEDS RIGHT NOW IS A DISRUPTION. >> Reporter: TRUCKS ARE PACKED WITH THINGS LIKE THIS. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF POUNDS OF PRODUCE FROM DETROIT’S PRODUCE TERMINAL. THESE THINGS COULD POTENTIALLY ROT ON TRUCKS IF THEY ARE NOT ACROSS THE BORDER IN TIME. UNFORTUNATELY THIS IS VERY PERISHABLE INDUSTRY. IT’S COMMODITY-DEPENDENT. WE HAVE COMMODITIES SENSITIVE ENOUGH, AFTER A DAY OR TWO WE SEE DIMINISHED QUALITY. WE DON’T HAVE TIME TO WAIT AT THE BORDER FOR 24, 48 HOURS. IT’S NOT AN OPTION. >> Reporter: THErd BORDER IS SET TO OPEN NONESSENTIAL TRAVEL COME MONDAY. WE MAY NEED TO BE READY TO WAIT AS THE STRUCK CONTINUES. — AS THE STRIKE CONTINUES. >> ON A CALL THIS AFTERNOON, CANADIAN OFFICIALS SAID DISCUSSIONS WERE STILL ONGOING WITH THOSE UNIONS BUT DID NOT MENTION IF IT WAS ANY ENDS IN SIGHT. >> GRANT, WHAT ARE YOU HEARING THIS WILL MEAN FOR NONESSENTIAL TRAVELERS WHO WILL BE ABLE — SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO START CROSSING THE BORDER AGAIN ON MOND? >> WELL, THE SAME CANADIAN OFFICIALS, DEVIN, SAID THOSE NONESSENTIAL TRAVELERS CROSSING MONDAY SHOULD EXPECT DELAYS. I’LL BREAK DOWN EVERYTHING THAT YOU NEED TO HAVE BEFORE YOU CROSS THE BORDER NEXT WEEK, SO ALL OF THIS RUNS SMOOTHLY. EVEN IF YOU GET STUCK IN THE TRAFFIC DOWN HERE. BACK TO YOU. >> SO MANY PEOPLE WAITED SO LONG
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Strike at Canadian border causes massive traffic backup on Michigan freeways

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