Ranking for 2014: 6
Industry Sector: Transportation
Specific Sector: Bridge
Range: $1 billion - $5 billion
Project Value: $2,140,000,000
Government Funds Involved: The international plazas and the bridge will be constructed under a DBFOM framework. Six different North American and international teams responded to the WDBA’s RFQ, which was posted in July 2015.
Funding Source: P3
Location: Windsor, Ontario
Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2020
This crossing is the largest and most ambitious binational border infrastructure project along the Canada–United States border. It includes a new six-lane bridge across the Detroit River, associated border inspection plazas, and connections to the freeway systems in Ontario and Michigan. This project will provide a new alternative crossing for this trade corridor.
The Canada-Michigan Crossing Agreement, signed in June 2012 by Canada and Michigan, provided a framework for the construction, financing, operation, and maintenance of the new publicly owned bridge. The agreement called for the establishment of both a crossing authority, the WDBA, to deliver, procure, and fund the project through a P3 and an international authority to oversee the project procurement and compliance with the agreement.
Both the formation of the WDBA (a Canadian Crown corporation) and the international authority were announced in July 2014. The first phase of construction, including construction of a perimeter access road at the Canadian Port of Entry (POE), utility relocations, and advance fill placement, was ongoing in 2016.
The RFP is set to be awarded in 2017, with construction to begin soon after. The estimated date of completion is 2020.
Other Key Players
- Ernst & Young
- Golder Associates
- Kasian Architecture
- Entro Communications
- INTECH Risk Management