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Buy America Ruling Reversed on Colorado Bridge Made with Ontario Steel

Posted October 08, 2014

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Barrie McKenna – Globe & Mail)

The U.S. government has reversed course and won’t force a tiny Colorado town to dismantle a bridge built with a small amount of Canadian steel.

The flip-flop is a small victory for critics of U.S. Buy America rules, which prohibit the use of virtually all foreign products in federally funded highway projects.

The bridge in Morrison, Colo., (population 430) became a cause célèbre in Canada after the U.S. Federal Highway Administration balked at paying its share of the $144,000 (U.S.) project unless Ontario-made steel beams were removed. Read more here.