Bridging North America selected for Gordie Howe bridge project


Bridging North America has been selected by Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Gordie Howe International Bridge project between Canada and the US, through a public-private partnership.

The Bridging North America team includes ACS Infrastructure Canada; Dragados Canada; Fluor Canada; Aecom; RBC Dominion Securities; Carlos Fernandez Casado/FHECOR Ingenieros Consultores; Moriyama and Teshima Architects; Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects.

The bridge spans the Detroit river and connects Detroit, Michigan, US, and Windsor, Ontario, by linking Interstate 75 and Interstate 96 in Michigan with the new extension of Highway 401 (Herb Gray Parkway) in Ontario, Canada.

The Gordie Howe International Bridge will provide for redundancy at the busy trade corridor between Canada and the US with improved border processing and highway-to-highway international connectivity.

The bridge will also provide six lanes to meet anticipated growth in traffic.

Bridging North America has been selected from three companies that submitted proposals to deliver the cable-stayed bridge.

The evaluation criteria included: project schedule management; design and build approach; durability of infrastructure; community benefits; operation, maintenance and rehabilitation plans; measures to ensure compliance with architectural criteria; and robustness of the financing plan.

WDBA will negotiate final contract details with Bridging North America over the coming months.

Fluor and ACS Infrastructure Canada have led the development phase and will hold the prime contract.

After completion, the crossing will be the longest cable-stayed bridge in North America. The scope of work includes building new, modern ports of entry on both the US and Canadian sides of the Detroit river, and improvements to infrastructure in Michigan and Ontario.

Early works will begin later in 2018. Fluor and ACS will operate and maintain the facility for 30 years to performance standards that will be established by WDBA following completion.

The project cost, design details and construction schedule will be announced after financial close, which is expected by the end of September.


Image: Gordie Howe Bridge rendering. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.

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