The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) has signed a fixed-priced contract with Bridging North America to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. The announcement signifies all contractual steps have been completed and construction can begin. The federal government calls the bridge “a key enabler for the Windsor-Detroit trade corridor”. The fixed-priced contract is valued at $5.7 billion, which includes the design-build (DB) phase and the operation, maintenance, rehabilitation (OMR) phase. Bridging North America has presented a 74-month construction schedule to complete the four components of the project with the bridge expected to be in service by the end of 2024. An anticipated 2,500 jobs will be created. The new bridge will provide redundancy at the busiest trade corridor between Canada and the United States with border processing and highway-to-highway international connectivity. It will provide six lanes to meet an anticipated growth in traffic, and will include a multi-use path for pedestrians and cyclists. “The Gordie Howe International Bridge will be a stunning addition to Windsor and Detroit’s shared skyline,” says Bryce Phillips, CEO, WDBA. “Its modern yet timeless design married with advanced technology represents the future of international border crossings. The staff at WDBA, along with our consultants and partners is pleased to welcome Bridging North America to the “Gordie Howe” team and we are proud to work together on this history-in- the-making infrastructure project.” Quick facts