Design Unveiled For 5 New Pedestrian Bridges Over I-75 In Detroit

WWJ News
January 09, 2020 - 7:37 pm

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - The Gordie Howe International Bridge project will mean more than just a new bridge to Canada. 

A design has been selected for five pedestrian bridges over a I-75 in Southwest Detroit as part of work being completed for new span to Windsor.

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Rendering

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Rendering

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says that the five pedestrian bridges will straddle I-75, along with safer sidewalks. 

"All of the pedestrian and pedestrian bridges will either be entirely new, or replacing old, dilapidated struxtures with ones that are wider," Whitmer said, "more pedestrian and cyclist-friendly, greener and brighter and better-lit." 

The pedestrian bridges will be constructed of pre-cast concrete. The design, unveiled at a news conference Thursday, features a curved steel arch. 

“The design of the pedestrian bridges is a result of meaningful consultation with the community and other stakeholders," Bryce Phillips, the authority's CEO, said in a statement. "The voices of community members have helped shape the project since early planning days and we will continue to engage and consult as the project progresses through construction and into the operations phase.” 

Whitmer said the new Gordie Howe bridge will meet many important needs for Southwest Detroit, and for Michigan.  

"It is a critical part of our plan to strengthen our transportation infrastructure and supply chain," the governor said. "Overall, the Gordy Howe International Bridge project will create thousands of good paying jobs."

Work on the pedestrian bridges is expected to be done between this year and 2024. 

The new $4.4 billion international bridge not expected to open to traffic until late 2024.