Police warn about significant delays at Ambassador Bridge as protest continues

A protest against COVID-19 measures is preventing Canada-bound traffic from crossing the Ambassador Bridge for yet another day.

Police say those using the border bridge to cross into the United States can expect significant delays and are telling all motorists to avoid access points to the span due to the ongoing demonstration.

The protest on the Canadian side of the bridge that links Windsor, Ont., and Detroit began on Monday.

Protesters are being advised not to endanger members of the public or engage in illegal activities after a man was arrested Wednesday for driving in an unsafe manner.

The bridge is considered the busiest international commercial land border crossing in North America.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he and Ontario Premier Doug Ford are working to get the situation in Windsor and Ottawa, where a similar demonstration has dragged on for nearly two weeks, under control.

Automaker Ford of Canada is running its plants in Oakville, Ont., and Windsor at reduced capacity today, saying the disruption at the bridge could have widespread impact on automakers on both sides of the border.

Meanwhile, Stellantis says U.S. and Canadian plants cut short second shifts Wednesday night due to parts shortages caused by the closure of the bridge.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 10, 2022.