Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) announced that it has issued the Request for Proposals (RFP) inviting proponents to submit formal proposals to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Gordie Howe International Bridge project (2016 Top100 Project #19).
The 18-month RFP stage is the second phase in WDBA’s competitive procurement process to select a private-sector partner. The three Proponents – Bridging North America, CanAm Gateway Partners and Legacy Link Partners – were pre-qualified through the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) stage. The entire procurement process is overseen by an independent fairness monitor.
“The Request for Proposals is perhaps the single most important document that WDBA will deliver,” said Michael Cautillo, WDBA president and chief executive officer. “Much progress has already been accomplished on both sides of the border and we continue to work to prepare the sites for this historic infrastructure project in advance of the construction to be undertaken by the private-sector partner. I would like to thank WDBA staff along with our Michigan and US and Canadian federal partners for the tremendous effort they have put forward in getting the project to this critical stage.”
The RFP sets out the conditions and specifications required to deliver the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. The Proponents will prepare and submit their binding technical and financial proposals, including a fixed price and schedule. Each proposal will then be rigorously evaluated by a team comprised of WDBA officials, partner organizations and experts.