Construction Start

On October 5, 2018, Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) and Bridging North America were joined by the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder celebrated the official start of construction on the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.

The $5.7 billion project includes the Canadian and US Ports of Entry, the bridge and the Michigan Interchange. It will be constructed over 74 months and open to traffic by the end of 2024.

With an 853-metre clear span between the two towers, the Gordie Howe International Bridge will be the longest cable-stayed bridge in North America and the seventh longest in the world. It will also set the record for longest composite steel and concrete cable-stayed bridge deck in the world. With a tower shape inspired by the curvature of a hockey stick in a slap shot – a nod to Gordie Howe – and rivalling the height of the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit, the bridge will be a striking and impressive addition to Windsor’s and Detroit’s skylines.

 

Watch the live announcement