RFP issued for Gordie Howe International Bridge project
WINDSOR, ON – The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Gordie Howe International Bridge project at the busiest Canada-U.S. commercial land border crossing.
The six-lane, 2.5-kilometer bridge project will address four regional transportation needs at the trade corridor, providing a new crossing option, highway-to-highway connections, modernized border processing facilities and capacity for future traffic growth.
“We look forward to hearing from the proponents over the coming months to learn how they intend to deliver this project – a new true game-changer not just for the region, but also for Ontario and Michigan and indeed for Canada and the U.S.,” announced Dwight Duncan, interim chairman of the WDBA Board of Directors, at a media briefing Thursday.
The 18-month RFP stage is the second phase in the bridge authority’s competitive procurement process to select a private-sector partner. The three proponents – Bridging North America, CanAm Gateway Partners and Legacy Link Partners – were pre-qualified through the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) stage.
Approximately 2.5 million trucks use the corridor every year.
"In 2015, two-way trade between Ontario and Michigan totalled $74 billion,” said Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. “This figure highlights the importance of the trade relationship between Ontario and our U.S. neighbours. Moving forward on the Gordie Howe International Bridge project will support the growth of this significant trade relationship, help create jobs and enable us to remain competitive in today’s global economy,” she added.
More details can be found at: www.wdbridge.com.