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Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority Hit P3 Milestone

Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority Hit P3 Milestone

Graphic: An artist’s conception of the Gordie Howe International Bridge (Courtesy WDBA)

Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority Hit P3 Milestone

Our Summer issue of Biz X Magazine, currently being printed, includes an in-depth interview with Mark Butler, Communications Director with the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA).

“Bridging North America.” logo for Gordie Howe Bridge

Today the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) announced that a significant milestone has been met in the public-private partnership (P3) procurement process with the selection of Bridging North America as the Preferred Proponent to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. Bridging North America’s design will see it delivered as a cable-stayed bridge.

Bridging North America was selected following a rigorous evaluation of the proposals submitted by the three Proponent teams invited to participate in the Request for Proposals (RFP) stage. The criteria evaluated included: project schedule management, the design and build approach, durability of the infrastructure, community benefits, operation, maintenance and rehabilitation plans, measures to ensure compliance with architectural criteria, and the robustness of the financing plan.

The technical and financial proposals were evaluated by subject-matter experts with extensive engineering and financial expertise and, as with the entire P3 procurement process, the evaluation was overseen by an independent fairness monitor who provided an independent opinion confirming the fairness, openness and transparency of the process.

“This is an exciting time for WDBA and for communities on both sides of the border. The selection of Bridging North America as the Preferred Proponent is another step forward towards the start of construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge – the largest infrastructure project along the Canada-US border and one which will stimulate the economies in Canada and the United States.” -Dwight Duncan, Chair, WDBA Board of Directors

Video – Dwight Duncan, Chair of the Board of WDBA, makes the long-awaited announcement of the successful P3 partner.

Over the coming months, WDBA will negotiate final contract details with Bridging North America. The cost of the project, design details and expected construction schedule will be announced publicly following financial close which is expected by the end of September, signaling the contract has been awarded and signed.

The new Gordie Howe International Bridge will provide for redundancy at the busiest trade corridor between Canada and the United States with improved border processing and highway-to-highway international connectivity. It also addresses future needs and will provide six lanes to meet anticipated growth in traffic over the years to come.

Prime team members of Bridging North America recognized at today’s event.

André Juneau, Interim CEO, WDBA stressed the significance of the announcement, “The momentum continues with the selection of Bridging North America as our Preferred Proponent. Over 60 subject-matter experts undertook a rigorous evaluation process, putting in countless hours, to reach today’s decision. WDBA looks forward to the completion of the procurement process and to the start of construction later this year.”


Bridging North America’s prime team members include:
• ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc.
• Dragados Canada Inc.
• Fluor Canada Ltd.
• RBC Dominion Securities Inc.
• Carlos Fernandez Casado and FHECOR Ingenieros Consultores, S.A. (CFC/FHECOR)
• Moriyama & Teshima
• Smith-Miller+Hawkinson Architects.

Bridging North America partners have significant experience carrying out major infrastructure projects such as the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway in Windsor, Ontario; New Champlain Bridge Corridor in Montreal, Quebec; Autoroute 30 in Montreal, Quebec; Eglinton Crosstown LRT in Toronto, Ontario; Réseau Express Métropolitain (REM) in Montreal, Quebec; Automated People Mover at LAX Airport, California; Harbour Bridge and Tappan Zee Bridge in New York and San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge.

Story, photos and video by Joe McParland – Biz X magazine

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Joe retired January 2015 as a Superintendent from a 26 year career with the Canada Border Services Agency in Windsor. Since then he has jettisoned into a number of exciting new opportunities. Joe is in his 13th year as a volunteer with TVCogeco as their on air personality at Windsor City and Essex County Council Meetings, and his 11 years as a registered Ontario Marriage Officiant. Joe now shares his talents and numerous life experiences with Biz X as a regular blogger, columnist and any other “Joe – Jobs” we can find for him.