OTTAWA — The federal government says it has finally broken a stalemate over the cost of a major new bridge between Canada and the U.S.

Canada had already agreed to pay for 95 per cent of the bridge between Windsor, Ont., and Detroit, but the project was stalled over who would pay for a customs plaza on the U.S. side.

Transport Minister Lisa Raitt says Canada will now pay for that as well, but expects to recoup the cost through tolls and a public-private partnership.

The U.S. will staff, operate and maintain the plaza in Detroit.

The Canadian government had expressed frustration at having to wait for construction to start on the American side of the estimated $4 billion project.

The new infrastructure would be a next-generation replacement for the aging bridge that currently handles one third of all Canada-U.S. trade.