Bridge project wins prestigious honour

Preparation work is beginning on the Detroit side of the Gordie Howe International Bridge. July 17, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Gordie Howe International Bridge)

The largest infrastructure project in North America is getting some prestigious recognition.

The Gordie Howe International Bridge Project has been named the 2018 Road Deal of the Year by the IJGlobal Project Finance and Infrastructure Journal. The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) said the award was presented during a gala in New York last week.

“We take immense pride in having the Gordie Howe International Bridge project selected as the 2018 Road Deal of the Year by IJGlobal,” said WDBA CEO Bryce Phillips in a media release. “The Gordie Howe International Bridge project is significant both in its scope and complexity and will bring positive economic, social and environmental benefits to communities on both sides of the border.”

This is not the only recognition the bridge project has received. The Gordie Howe International Bridge has also received the “Canadian Deal of the Year” award in Lexpert’s Top 10 Deals of 2018 and by Project Finance International as the “2018 Transport Deal of the Year for the Americas”.

Construction on the bridge has been taking place in earnest for several months. The WDBA has a $5.7 million contract with Bridging North America to complete the planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of the bridge. The bridge will include ports-of-entry for Canada Customs and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a six-lane highway, bike and pedestrian paths, and a new entry from I-75 in Detroit. The bridge is projected to be opened to traffic in the fall of 2024.