Aecom is to lead the design of the Gordie Howe International Bridge, spanning across the Detroit river on the Canada-United States border.
The consultant will work in a team called Bridging North America, which also includes ACS Infrastructure and Dragados. The project client is Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA).
The 2.5km long cable-stay bridge, between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan, will fearture North America’s longest main span at 853m. Aecom will also design a Canadian and US port of entry, and the Michigan Interchange. The bridge will have six lanes and will be designed to suit larger vehicles.
Michigan governor Rick Snyder said: “The Gordie Howe International Bridge project at the Detroit-Windsor crossing will be a towering symbol of the peace and prosperity shared by Michigan and Canada, our most vital trading partner.”
“It greatly enhances our supply chain and will create economic opportunities and growth in ways many people have not yet fully realised. The Canadians and Americans who have been working side by side on this project are proving once again that, together, we can achieve great things for everyone.”
Following the announcement of the preferred bidder, an early work agreement will be signed between Bridging North America and WDBA. Construction is expected to begin this month. The cost of the project will be announced when it reaches financial close at the end of September. The bridge will be privately financed.
WDBA said it recognises the permanent influence the Gordie Howe International Bridge will have on Windsor’s and Detroit’s skyline and its role as a new gateway symbol for Canada and the United States. It said it was looking to its proponents to advance ”unique, impressive, inspiring and iconic” bridge designs.