Gordie Howe International Bridge

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Image Credit: The hope is a new publicly owned bridge will relieve cross- border congestion. The owner of the current Ambassador Bridge (pictured) has launched lawsuits challenging the project.

Ranking for 2017: 20

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

LEED: N/A


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.


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