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Delivery Method

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# of Projects: 1
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Background informationProject Created: May 8, 2017

Project Name: Gordie Howe Intl'l Bridge (Detroit, MI to Windsor, ONT)
Year in Operation: 2024
Sector: Transportation
Subsector: Roads, Bridge
Status: Design / Construction
Type: New Facility
Description: 2018_10_01 Update: The project has four major components: (1) the Bridge is 1.5 miles long and will have six vehicle lanes - three Canadian-bound, and 3 US-bound; a clear span of .53 miles (850 meters); one approach bridge on each side of the crossing to connect Ports of Entry in Canada and the US; a multi-use path for pedestrians and cyclists; (2) the Canadian Port of Entry (a 130 acres site, with inbound inspection facilities for pax and commercial vehicles; outbound inspection facilities, toll collection facilities for both US and Canada bound traffic; maintenance facility; (3) US Port of Entry (148 acres site) with inbound border inspection facilities for pax and commercial vehicles; outbound inspection facilities, commercial exit booths; and (4) the Michigan Interchange which includes 4 new road bridges, 5 new pedestrian bridges, widened roads connecting to I-75 interchange ramps and service drives. (Construction pushed back to 2023 in 8/23/2017 press release).
Delivery Method as described in the country where it's located: Public Private Partnership
Is the project still active: Yes

Project Locations

Address: 4821 Ojibway Pkwy
City: Windsor
State: Ontario
Country: Canada

Souces of Project Support (Non-monetary)

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Checkbox Checked Environmental Clearance: By the governments of US (including Michigan) and Canada.

Souces of Project Support (Monetary)

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From Public (Government) Sources to Producers: Organic Crossing Agreement between Federal Govt of Canada and the State of Michigan in June, 2012. Special law in Canada implementing the Crossing Agmt in December of 2012. As of May, 2017, the project is in the final stages of selecting a P3 partner to contract with the Government of Canada to design, build, operated, and maintain the new crossing. The crossing will be publicly owned, jointly by Canada and Michigan, overseen by an International Authority comprised of members appointed by both parties.

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Direct Cash Support: October 1, 2018. Bridge and connections will cost $5.7B ($Cdn) or $4.4B ($US). Two-thirds of cost will be for initial design and construction. One-third of cost will pay for operating and maintaining the bridge. A February 2015 agreement among Canada, US, and Michigan governments provides that the US Port of Entry (in Michigan) will be procured as part of the P3 program for the entire project ($250 million early estimate). The Canadian government will be repaid for this portion of the program from future toll revenues.

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From Public Sponsor of Project - Direct Expenditure of Appropriated Public Funds: The Canadian government has agreed with the State of Michigan to pay the entire cost upfront and to be repaid with toll revenues received during operation. The project is being delivered by a Consortium - Bridging North America - that includes, ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc., Dragados Canada Inc., Fluor Canada ltd, AECON, AECOM, RBD Dominion Securities Inc. CFC/FEHCOR, Moriyama & Teshima, and Smit-Miller+Hawkinson Architects.

Project Delivery & Finance Method

Project Delivery:
Design Build Operate Maintain (All Public Finance). Public Sponsor contracts for initial design, construction, and for long term operations and maintenance with a single entity. At the end of the term, Public Sponsor regains control of the facility.
Is there an independant checking engineer? Yes
Project Finance Method: All By Public Sponsor

Procurement Approach

Project Component
Based Selection
Request for
Request for
for Bids
Design Build Operate and Maintain
Project Component
Is Negotiation of the Price Permitted After Selection of the Winner?
Is Negotiation of the Scope of Services Permitted After Selection of the Winner?
Are the fees (tolls) to be charged to users over the term an evaluation factor user in Selection of the Winner?

Term for Key Components & Forms of Contract

Project Component
Combined Term: Initial Design, Construction, O&M Period
Specially negotiated. Term is thirty years. Concessionaire is Bridging North America, a consortium of the design, construction, and operating firms that will deliver and operate the bridge over the 30 year concession. 

Project Value (If and As Known)

Date of Estimated Project Value: October 1, 2018
Project Value
Hard Cost
Hard & Soft Costs
Pre-Feasibility (Public Sponsor Expense)
> $50 Million US
$100-500 Million US
$100-500 Million US
$1-5 Billion US
$1-5 Billion US
Operations & Maintenance
$500 Million - 2 Billion US
$500 Million - 2 Billion US
$2-10 Billion US
$2-10 Billion US


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