Gordie Howe International Bridge

Rank 2020


Industry Sector: Transportation

Range $5.7 billion

Specific Sector: Bridge

Project Value: $5,700,000,000

Government Funds Involved: P3

Funding Source: P3

Location Ontario

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2024

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, known as the WDBA, to deliver, procure, and fund the project through a P3 and an international authority to oversee the project procurement and the 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.

In addition to the early site works that are ongoing on both the Windsor and Detroit side, Phase 1 activities for the Michigan Interchange with Interstate 75 also got underway in the fall. The completion for Phase 1 of that part of the project is schduled for winter 2020.

Project Owner: Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA)

Project/Construction Manager: Deloitte

P3 Team Members/Project Team: Bridging North America ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc.; Fluor Canada Ltd.; Aecon Concessions, a division of Aecon Construction Group Inc.; RBC Dominion Securities Inc.; AECOM; Carlos Fernandez Casado S.L/FHECOR Ingenieros Consultores, S.A.; Moriyama and Teshima Architects; Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects LLP; Dragados Canada Inc.; Aecon Infrastructure Management Inc.; Turner Construction Company; Aecon O&M, a division of Aecon Construction Group Inc.; DBI Services, LLC; URS Federal Services, Inc. an AECOM company

Engineer: Morrison Hershfield (PDC consultant); Davis Langdon (an AECOM company); Parsons>> (owner's engineer); Wood Group (consulting)

Environmental Services: Jacobs (environmental monitoring)

Other Key Players: EY (advising team); Golder (geotech./foundation engineering); Hanscomb (owner’s cost consultant and special advisor); Kasian (PDC team); LeighFisher (lender’s technical advisor); INTECH Risk Management (insurance advisor); CIMA+ (transmission relocation design); WSP (environmental services); Aon; Parsons (bridge technical advisor); Tetra Tech; Rider Levett Bucknall; A.W. Hooker (cost consultant); Canam Group

Supplier Other: Entro (signage and wayfinding)

Legal: Fasken Martineau DuMoulin (transaction advisor); Blake, Cassels and Graydon (legal advisor to the proponent)

2019 Rank: 11

2018 Rank: 21

2017 Rank: 20

2016 Rank: 19

2015 Rank: 19

2014 Rank: 6

Municipal Funding Number: 0