The Ambassador Bridge that connects Windsor, Ontario to Detroit, Michigan has been completely blockaded by a convoy of trucks protesting the COVID-19 vaccine mandates, which remains ongoing in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa.
Efforts by the Freedom Convoy further in the north spilled over to the border crossing, the largest international suspension bridge and a major transportation artery between the United States and Canada as protesters blocked traffic on Monday evening.
According to the Michigan Department of Transportation, the blockade prompted the shutdown of the bridge, and motorists are instructed to use the tunnel or use the Blue Water Bridge that connects Port Huron to Sarnia, Ontario.
In Canada, Windsor Police said on social media that the Huron Church Road exit was “temporarily interrupted” by the demonstration and asked travelers to avoid the area.
Speaking to the Detroit Free Press, Gregg Ward, the president of Detroit-Windsor Truck Ferry said that the bridge closing is unprecedented and that the last time the bridge closed for a protest was in 1990. Ward told the publication that the bridge is used to transport goods for trade, and that the blockade would have a serious economic impact on businesses.
"They usually get (their goods) just on time. It all depends on how much inventory they had, and if they anticipated this," Ward said. "I know there was an expected slowdown, I would bet most people didn't think there would be a complete closure."
The blockade comes about a day after Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson declared a state of emergency in the capital, and on the same day a judge in Ottawa made it illegal to honk in the city’s downtown core, Rebel News reported.