Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority reports on Request for Qualifications for Gordie Howe International Bridge project

Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA)

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Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority reports on Request for Qualifications for Gordie Howe International Bridge project

WINDSOR, ONTARIO – The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) announced today that it has received a strong response to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.

Following the posting of the RFQ on July 20, 2015, teams made up of Canadian, American and international companies have participated in the rigorous RFQ process. Six different North American and international teams responded to WDBA’s RFQ.

“The private sector has shown a vibrant interest in working on the Gordie Howe International Bridge project, between this RFP, the responses we received to our recent RFP for early works, as well as the recently-held Industry Days,” said Mark McQueen, Chairman of the WDBA Board of Directors. “Although site preparation has already begun for the eventual construction of the new Canadian Customs plaza, businesses and travelers on both sides of the border understand that the completion of the new bridge is dependent upon the successful conclusion of the pending RFP process.”

“Friday, October 9, 2015, marked the response submission deadline for the Request for Qualifications – part of the first stage in a two-part procurement process,” said Michael Cautillo, President and Chief Executive Officer for the WDBA. “We are very pleased to have reached yet another significant milestone in the delivery of the Gordie Howe International Bridge.”

Next steps in procurement process to select a private-sector proponent partner include an evaluation of the RFQ responses by a team comprised of WDBA officials, partner organizations and experts overseen by an independent fairness monitor. The three highest scoring qualified respondents will be invited to participate in the Request for Proposals, which will be released by the end of this calendar year.

About the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority

Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) is a not-for-profit Canadian Crown corporation created to manage the procurement process for the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of the new Gordie Howe International Bridge between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan through a public-private partnership (P3). WDBA is also responsible for project oversight. For more information on WDBA visit www.wdbridge.com and follow WDBA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/wdbabridge.

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For more information, please contact Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority at 519-946-4859.