Public invited to give input on bridge Community Benefits Plan

An artist rendering of the possible cable-stayed design of the Gordie Howe International Bridge, courtesy of Infrastructure Canada.

The public is being asked to help prioritize initiatives to benefit the community as part of the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.

The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority has been holding consultations for the past three years and has received more than 230 suggestions from residents in Windsor and Detroit, business owners, community organizations, municipal leaders, and the Indigenous.

With $20 million set aside for the Neighbourhood Infrastructure Strategy, the authority has set up an online survey. It’s part of a targeted approach to finalizing the plan.

Some of the projects already identified include building a multi-use path, putting in Peregrine falcon nesting boxes on the bridge, landscaping that uses native species, green roofs on some facilities, and dramatic nighttime lighting displays.

Once it has the results of the survey, the authority will review and finalize the list of initiatives with Bridging North America, the consortium chosen to build, operate and maintain the bridge and border plazas.

Reviewing the projects is expected to take about six months.

In addition to the Community Benefits Plan, $24 million is being invested in local street improvements on Sandwich Street in Windsor and roads near the U.S. Port of Entry in Detroit.