Yet another bridge suit

Add “exit ramps” to the list of issues being litigated by the Detroit International Bridge Co. and its leader, Manuel “Matty” Moroun.

The Warren-based company filed suit this week in the Michigan Court of Claims against the Michigan Department of Transportation, claiming the state is delaying opening ramps from Interstates 75 and 96 to the new Gateway Plaza.

Bridge officials say the closure is an attempt to “damage the Ambassador Bridge’s business” as state officials are supporting a proposal to build a competing bridge downriver.

As reported earlier this year (“Courts and sparks,” Sept. 23, 2009), Moroun is embroiled in several lawsuits with local, state and federal governments over fences, property and permits.