The Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, reopened at about 11 p.m. Feb. 13 after a blockade by demonstrators protesting COVID-19 restrictions brought international trade at the busiest U.S.-Canadian border bridge to a grinding halt for nearly a week.
The Detroit International Bridge Co. announced the reopening of the border crossing, saying the bridge was "now fully open allowing the free flow of commerce between the Canada and U.S. economies once again."
"This action follows a state of emergency declared in Ontario and an injunction granted by an Ontario judge, which took effect Friday," the statement continued.
Live cameras on the company's website showed green lights on some lanes and traffic flow returning to normal.
The Canada Border Services Agency confirmed the bridge reopening just after midnight. As of 6 a.m. on Feb. 14, there was no delay in traffic flow across the bridge, the agency said.
The Ambassador Bridge between Windsor and Detroit carries about one-quarter of the commercial goods trade between the U.S. and Canada — an estimated $13.5 million an hour.
It's particularly vital to the auto sector, which relies on a supply chain that includes assembly plants and parts makers in Ontario and Quebec. Automakers including General Motors, Ford Motor Co., Stellantis and Toyota Motor Corp. have been forced to curb production this week for lack of parts. An association of auto parts manufacturers was among the parties that applied for the court injunction.