Gordie Howe International Bridge
The main span of the Gordie Howe International Bridge will cross the Detroit River, running nearly 2,800 feet with no piers beneath it — the longest such span in North America. Overall, the bridge will be the continent’s 5th longest, stretching 1.5 miles between Detroit and Windsor, Canada. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2018 on the six-lane bridge.
Bridging North America has been named as the consortium that will build the bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Canada. Fluor Corporation and ACS Infrastructure Canada head a team of companies that includes ACS unit Dragados, AECOM, Canada-based Aecon and Turner Construction.
Canada and Michigan will jointly own the bridge, with Canada financing it. Michigan’s share will be paid for with toll collections on the future bridge.
A final cost estimate of the project will not be public until the final contract is signed in late 2018, but a report in the Windsor Star estimates the total cost could range from anywhere between $2.1 billion to $4.5 billion USD.
The project has not been without its own share of controversy. The Moroun family, which owns the 87-year-old Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor, has sued unsuccessfully to try to stop the project. The head of the family is U.S. billionaire Manuel Maroun who wants to build a new bridge that would replace the Ambassador Bridge and for Trump to revoke Canada’s license granted by President Obama in 2013 to build the Howe bridge.
The Gordie Howe project has also faced internal challenges, including a protracted public-private partnership process that pushed its likely completion past the original estimated 2020 timeframe and contributed to the departure last year of then-CEO Michael Cautillo.
Detroit News » The official construction cost and targeted opening date for the Gordie Howe International Bridge, the second international crossing between Detroit and Windsor, will be released next week, a spokesman for the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority. Earlier this month the construction group selected to build the bridge said it expected the project to cost an estimated $2.68 billion.
World Highways » A partnership including Fluor Canada and ACS Infrastructure Canada has been chosen to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. Initial cost for the entire project was around US $1.5 billion but is now upwards of $3.7 billion. The Canadian government, which is building the bridge without US funding, estimates that toll revenue will be around $23 billion over the 30-year contract. Nonetheless, cost concerns for the new bridge are rising, as is the price tag.
NPR/Michigan Radio » As construction begins this fall on the Gordie Howe International Bridge, Michigan and Canadian officials say they’ll continue to engage affect residents on both sides of the border. The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority held community meetings in both cities this week. Advance site preparation is already underway on both the U.S. and Canadian sides.