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International Bridge Team Selects Design

Wed January 22, 2020 - Midwest Edition #2
Gordie Howe International Bridge

The Gordie Howe International Bridge team announced that following several months of consultation with the community, an aesthetic design has been selected for the five pedestrian bridges to be constructed as part of the Michigan Interchange work being completed for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.

"This project is good for the Detroit community, our economy, and for the countless people who will use these new pedestrian bridges to get where they need to go," said Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. "When working on this project, it's crucial that we put Detroiters' well-being first, and that's exactly what we've done here today. I'm proud to take part in this announcement and am eager to continue working with these partners on the Gordie Howe International Bridge project."

The pedestrian bridge design is both functional and visually-pleasing. The design features a curved steel arch and will be constructed of pre-cast concrete. The bridges will include lighting features and will be compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

"The design of the pedestrian bridges is a result of meaningful consultation with the community and other stakeholders," said Bryce Phillips, CEO, Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority. "The voices of community members have helped shape the project since early planning days and we will continue to engage and consult as the project progresses through construction and into the operations phase."

The pedestrian bridges will be located over Interstate 75 (I-75) in Detroit at Solvay Street, Beard Street, Waterman Street, Junction Street and Lansing Street. Bridging North America will undertake construction of these pedestrian bridges between 2020 and 2024.

"The new pedestrian bridges will improve access to neighborhoods, businesses and service providers on both sides of I-75," said Aaron Epstein, CEO, Bridging North America. "We also see them serving as conduits for bicyclists and other recreation-seekers headed for the U.S. Port of Entry and, ultimately, the multi-use path on the bridge."

The Gordie Howe International Bridge project is expected to be in service by the end of 2024.

Quick Facts
  • More than 500 votes were cast during the three-month consultation period with the community's preferred design receiving 48 percent of the vote.
  • The pedestrian bridges will provide for a 10-ft. wide walkway. At its highest point, the arch will be approximately 33 ft. in height from the roadway.
  • Community feedback has helped inform the aesthetics of the pedestrian bridges. The community will continue to be engaged throughout the planning and construction of the Michigan Interchange.
About Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority

Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) is a not-for-profit Canadian Crown corporation created to deliver the Gordie Howe International Bridge project between Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Mich., through a public-private partnership (P3). WDBA is responsible for overseeing and managing the construction and operation of the new crossing.

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