Following its official groundbreaking back in July, the much-anticipated Gordie Howe International Bridge that will form a third link from Windsor to Detroit, has reached a major milestone. Late last month, the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) signed the final $5.7 billion project agreement with Bridging North America thereby making them their official private-sector partner.
Made up of a consortium which includes Aecon, ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc., and Flour Canada Ltd., Bridging North America will move ahead with design work and construction, the 74-month contract expected to reach completion by the end of 2024. Viewed in the concept art above, and again in the map diagram below, the 2.5-km cable-stayed bridge will have six lanes (3 in each direction), and will be situated well to the south of both the Ambassador Bridge and Detroit-Windsor Tunnel.
The project will also include the construction of a 130-acre Canadian Port of Entry and 148-acre US Port of Entry (above), which will be built to handle the increased traffic. Indeed, the crossing already receives a great deal of vehicle and commercial traffic, with 7,000 trucks per day crossing the Windsor-Detroit border, for a yearly average of 2.5 million per year totaling a combined trade value of $173 billion (CAD).
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