The Gordie Howe International Bridge project between Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan, is a once-in-a-generation undertaking. Not only will the project deliver much-needed transportation improvements for international travellers, it will also provide jobs and opportunities for growth to the Windsor-Detroit region, and includes features that make this project truly distinctive.
In July, Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA), announced the selection of Bridging North America as the Preferred Proponent to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Gordie Howe International Bridge. Bridging North America was selected following a rigorous procurement process overseen by an independent fairness monitor. This marked a significant milestone toward the completion of WDBA’s procurement process to identify a private-sector partner.
Bridging North America is comprised of some of the most recognized leaders in the construction/infrastructure industry. Key members include: ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc.; Fluor Canada Ltd.; and Dragados Canada Inc.
The Gordie Howe International Bridge will literally change the landscape of Windsor and Detroit. At 853 metres, the new bridge will have the longest main span of any cable-stayed bridge in North America. And the bridge’s towers will rival the height of the Renascence Centre in Detroit, Michigan.
To take advantage of the summer 2018 construction season, an advance construction agreement for work was signed between WDBA and Bridging North America. The advance construction includes essential groundwork for the bridge piers. These activities represent the first works on the US side of the project dedicated to bridge construction.
Over the coming months, WDBA will negotiate final contract details with Bridging North America. The cost of the project, design details and expected construction schedule will be announced by the end of September following financial close.
The new Gordie Howe International Bridge will provide for redundancy at the busiest trade corridor between Canada and the United States, improved border processing and highway-to-highway international connectivity. It also addresses future needs and will provide six lanes to meet anticipated growth in traffic over the years to come.
For more information on the Gordie Howe International Bridge, visit www.wdbridge.com.
#HoweBridge2018 – we’re at the ready.
Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) is a not-for-profit Canadian Crown corporation created to manage the procurement process for the design, build, finance, operation and maintenance of the Gordie Howe International Bridge between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan through a public-private partnership (P3). WDBA is also responsible for project oversight.