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Prime Minister welcomes start of full construction on the new Gordie Howe International Bridge

Industry News
Written by Piling Canada
December 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the start of full construction on the new Gordie Howe International Bridge, which will create thousands of new jobs during construction and many permanent jobs once the bridge is operational.

The Windsor-Detroit trade corridor is the busiest commercial land border crossing between Canada and the United States, and is critical for people and goods to move across North America. The new Gordie Howe International Bridge will shorten travel times through this important corridor and create better connections for people and businesses on both sides of the border.

Expected to open by the end of 2024, the Gordie Howe International Bridge will provide direct connections between Ontario’s Highway 401 and Michigan’s Interstate 75. Enhanced border infrastructure at the crossing will also increase safety and security while making it easier and faster for people to travel and goods to flow between the two countries.

Locally, the bridge will benefit residents of Windsor and neighbouring communities by creating good, middle-class jobs, reducing commercial traffic on streets and increasing opportunities for local businesses.

“This project is a leading example of the strategic infrastructure investments we are making across Canada to help grow the economy, create good middle-class jobs and enhance productivity. With direct highway to highway connectivity and technologically advanced ports of entry, the bridge will better support significant commercial traffic and travellers through the Windsor-Detroit trade corridor,” said the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

Quick Facts:

  • The Gordie Howe International Bridge project includes the construction of a six-lane, cable-stayed design bridge with a clear span of 853 metres and a total length of approximately 2.5 kilometres. It also includes new Canadian and U.S. ports of entry and approach bridges, border inspection plazas, tolling operations and an interchange in Michigan connecting Interstate 75 to the U.S. port of entry.
  • Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA), a not-for-profit Canadian Crown corporation, is responsible for the delivery of the bridge project through a public-private partnership. In addition to managing the project agreement between itself and the project’s private sector partner, Bridging North America, WDBA will set and collect all tolls.
  • The Windsor-Detroit trade corridor is the busiest Canada-U.S. commercial land border crossing and is vital to the economies of Ontario, Michigan, Canada and the U.S. Approximately 7,000 trucks cross the corridor each day and about 2.5 million trucks each year.
  • In 2017, over $173 billion in bilateral trade passed through the Windsor-Detroit trade corridor, which is 23 per cent of the overall Canada-U.S. trade.
  • Canada and the U.S. share the world’s longest secure border, over which about 400,000 people cross daily. The two countries also exchange goods and services worth approximately $2.5 billion every day. Piling Canada

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