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(Rendering: Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority)

Gordie Howe International Bridge To Cost $4.4 Billion, Open In 2024

September 28, 2018 - 2:08 pm
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DETROIT (WWJ) - The new Gordie Howe International Bridge across the Detroit River will cost $5.7 billion in Canadian dollars, which is about $4.4 billion American.

That's according to the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority, which announced Friday morning that the final contract has been signed with Bridging North America -- the company that will oversee construction.

“We made a commitment to deliver Gordie Howe Bridge, today is the start of a new chapter for Windsor and Detroit, as well as Canada and the US," said Dwight Duncan, Chair of the WDBA Board of Directors. "This project is a shining example of collaboration between our two nations.”

The Canadian-financed bridge will take over six years to build, officials said, and is expected to open at the end of 2024.  Earlier, more ambitious estimates, had stated it would be completed by 2020. 

Gordie Howe International Bridge
Conceptual rendering (credit: WDBA)

Duncan said he will fight vigorously to stop any attempt to slow down or stop the project, which is expected to create 2,500 jobs.

"Anybody that wants to take us on is going to...have to face a buzzsaw," Duncan said, at a news conference, "just as they have for the last however many years. Because this project is too important, not only to the region, but to our two countries."

The bridge will connect Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, landing south of Historic Fort Wayne, in Southwest Detroit. It will be a third option for travel between the two cities, currently linked by the privately-owned Ambassador Bridge, and the Detroit-Winsor Tunnel. 

Gordie Howe International Bridge - US Port of Entry
Conceptual rendering (credit: WDBA)

A cermonial groundbreaking is scheduled for next Friday. 

Get the latest information about the bridge at www.wdbridge.com.

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Editor's Note: This article as been updated to clarify that the contract for the bridge is worth $5.7 billion in Canadian, not American, dollars.