Project Overview - Gordie Howe International Bridge Project

 

Project Type:

The Gordie Howe International Bridge project will be delivered through a public-private partnership (P3).

Contract Value:

To be announced at Financial Close

About the Project:

The Gordie Howe International Bridge project is a once-in-a-generation undertaking. Not only will the project deliver much-needed transportation improvements for international travellers, it will also provide jobs and opportunities for growth to the Windsor-Detroit region and includes features that make this project truly distinctive. The details of the project components and features will be further developed during the public-private partnership (P3) procurement process that Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) is currently administering.

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Project Components and Features:

The details of the project components and features will be further developed during the public-private partnership (P3) procurement process that WDBA is currently administering.

Project Components

There are four components to the Gordie Howe International Bridge:

The Bridge

  • Six-lanes: three Canadian-bound, three US-bound
  • Total length: approximately 2.5 kilometres / 1.5 miles
  • Clear span of 850 metres / 0.53 miles with no piers in the water
  • One approach bridge on each side of the crossing to connect Ports of Entry in Canada and the US
  • Cable-stayed and suspension are the two possible bridge types. Once complete, the Gordie Howe International Bridge will be among the top five longest bridges in North America.
  • A dedicated multi-use path that will accommodate pedestrians and cyclists

The Canadian Port of Entry (POE)

  • Size: approximately 53 hectare / 130 acre site
  • Inbound border inspection facilities for both passenger and commercial vehicles
  • Outbound inspection facilities
  • Toll collection facilities for both the US-bound and Canada-bound traffic
  • Maintenance facility
  • The footprint allows for the installation of further technology and the addition of expanded border processing facilities
  • Once constructed, this port will be the largest Canadian port along the Canada-US border and one of the largest anywhere in North America

The US Port of Entry (POE)

  • Size: approximately 68 hectare/ 167 acres
  • Inbound border inspection facilities for both passenger and commercial vehicles
  • Outbound inspection facilities
  • Commercial exit control booths
  • The footprint allows for the installation of further technology and the addition of expanded border processing facilities
  • Once constructed, this port will be one of the largest ports of entry in North America

The Michigan Interchange

  • Local road improvements including:
    • 4 new road bridges
    • 5 new pedestrian bridges
    • Widened roads at key intersections to allow transport trucks to make full uninterrupted turns
  • Primary connecting ramps to and from the US POE
    • 4 bridges crossing the railway and connecting I-75 to the US POE
    • Reconfiguration of I-75 interchange ramps and service drives
    • Primary connecting ramps to and from the US POE

Community Benefits

WDBA has mandated that a comprehensive Community Benefits Plan be formulated and delivered by the private-sector partner with stringent oversight by WDBA. Through consultation undertaken by WDBA and Michigan, residents, business owners and community leaders on both sides of the border have conveyed that local workforce and training strategies, construction impact and operation mitigation measures, and regional economic and community development opportunities are amongst the top priorities for communities. WDBA has listened and as part of their proposals, the Proponents will be charged with developing Community Benefits Plans that address these regional priorities.

Aesthetics

WDBA recognizes the permanent influence the Gordie Howe International Bridge will have on Windsor’s and Detroit’s skyline and its role as a new gateway symbol for Canada and the United States. WDBA is looking to its Proponents to advance unique, impressive, inspiring and iconic bridge designs. Functionality for the commercial and passenger users of the bridge and entering the POEs is also a critical aspect of project design. WDBA expects designs for all four project components that demonstrate ease of use and balance functionality with aesthetic principles.

Design and Technology

WDBA’s vision is that this is the most instrumented, technologically advanced, border crossing and we are challenging the private sector to take up this vision in their designs. Significant attention is being given to ensuring the bridge meets and exceeds the needs of commercial users and that the project includes features that will contribute to the efficient and timely movement of drivers through the facility and toward their destinations. WDBA expects to integrate design elements to make it easier for trucks to cross such as: dedicated truck lanes on bridge and in the POEs; driver-friendly road lighting; safety design accommodations such as the ability to deal with truck breakdowns in a timely fashion with minimum impact on traffic flow; and an onsite weather monitoring station allowing for advanced notification of unfavorable conditions.

Tolling may include manual, automatic and electronic lanes. It is anticipated that E-manifest programs and other trusted traveller and trader programs will be in place on both the Canadian and US POEs to help make for an efficient crossing. The bridge and POEs will be equipped with “smart” technology. WDBA anticipates the use of intelligent video to monitor traffic and provide enhanced security features. A system with automated incident detection capabilities plus lane control and traveller information systems could be used to help ensure safe passage.

Economic Benefits

Construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge will help spur economic activity in Ontario and Michigan. Once in service, the new bridge will accelerate the flow of goods and services and provide a much-needed crossing alternative at the busiest Canada-U.S. commercial border crossing, creating thousands of jobs and opportunities on both sides of the border.