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Preliminary work continues on Gordie Howe International Bridge

By ReNew Canada 08:15AM August 17, 2016

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Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) and its partners continue to make progress moving toward the construction and completion of the Gordie Howe International Bridge with more than $110 million in construction projects.

The first phase of preparatory work includes construction of a perimeter access road at the Canadian Port of Entry (POE), utility relocations and advance fill placement, under a $60 million contract with Amico Infrastructures Inc. This work is continuing.

Concurrently, on the U.S. POE, relocation of significant communications and electrical transmission utilities systems is underway. Demolition work in conjunction with property acquisition is also proceeding.

“We are prudently moving ahead with more work in delivering Canadian and U.S. sites that are ready for construction to our private-sector partner,” said Michael Cautillo, president and chief executive officer, Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority. “The more work we do now, the more risks we take out of the project and the more quickly our partner will be able to begin construction on the buildings and bridge.”

WDBA is continuing with preparatory work on the Canadian POE. WDBA has just closed a Request for Tender (RFT) for the supply of specialized cable and accessories and will soon close tenders and award construction contracts for high voltage electrical transmission and distribution networks. The cable supply and the two construction contracts are collectively valued at $50 million.

“Each day, hundreds of WDBA staff, contractors and partners are working aggressively toward the construction and completion of this landmark project,” said Dwight Duncan, interim chairperson, Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority board of directors. “This project is creating and maintaining jobs now and will continue to do so as we build and then operate the new bridge between Windsor and Detroit.”

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