Draw a line from Brighton Beach, Windsor, to Delray, Detroit, and at this point, little has changed. But, turn 180 degrees and you will see all new roads and infrastructure bridging international prosperity through The Gordie Howe International Bridge project.
The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) will manage all parts of the massive public-private partnership (P3) from construction to toll collections for the next 30 years. WDBA’s Executive VP of Engineering and Operation, Leslie Martin, introduced the 4 parts of the project to nearly 600 interested companies that took part at Industry Days on both sides of the Detroit River.
WDBA will manage the following: Two new ports of entry (POE), Interstate 75 road connectors and a 6-lane cable-stayed or suspension bridge, spanning 850 meters (2789 feet) with no piers obstructing the waterway. The visuals become very clear with aerial surveillance over the Windsor landscape at 1500 feet (457 meters). Much of the heavy roadwork infrastructure is in place on the E. C. Row Expressway to divert commercial vehicles out of the congested downtown core from the Ambassador Bridge traffic.
It is expected that ten (10) consortiums will meet the RFQ on the new Gordie Howe International Bridge project. This number will get reduced to three (3) for the Request For Proposal (RFP). All of the biggest construction industry executives were on deck at Windsor’s Industry Day, Aecon, Dragados, EllisDon, Kieiwit, American Bridge, Parsons, PCL and SNC-Lavalin were just a few.
There has been much publicity about the current state of the privately owned Ambassador Bridge, and Matty Moroun’s rejection for the new crossing. If the projected growth of transportation between Windsor and Detroit by 2025 meets expectations, all stakeholders will benefit greatly. Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder, will have then completed one of the greatest “comebacks” and Michiganders will send the self proclaimed “nerd” to take up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave in Washington D.C.
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