ST. IGNACE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Mackinac Bridge Authority will learn more Thursday morning about a proposed tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac.
The State of Michigan and Enbridge have agreed upon the tunnel that will house the troubled - but crucial - twin oil pipelines known as Line 5. The agreement, signed by Gov. Rick Snyder, proposes the Mackinac Bridge Authority owns and operates the tunnel.
Enbridge says it will pay for the entire cost of the tunnel.
The Michigan 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, according to a report from WPBN-TV. "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 9:00 a.m. Thursday at the Little Bear East Arena in St. Ignace. MBA members will not be deliberating on the merits of the project, and say there will be no vote Thursday.
The meeting will be available to view on the Michigan Department of Transportation's LiveStream channel at https://livestream.com/MDOT/MBAmeeting110818.