Gordie Howe International Bridge: Here are the latest renderings
DETROIT – Construction on the Gordie Howe International Bridge started in October in Windsor.
A ceremonial groundbreaking was held with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Gov. Rick Snyder in attendance.
The bridge is estimated to be completed in six years, but with the new trade agreement in place, Snyder and Trudeau are trying to speed the process up.
The two touted an economic boom is expected with the new bridge.
"It's going to strengthen the community of Windsor," Snyder said. "It's going to strengthen the community of Detroit. It's going to provide an ongoing opportunity to do incredible things and it's just not about business, it's the opportunity to ride bikes, to build cultural ties, about educational opportunities this bridge brings."
"It's vitally important that two-way trade at this point offers as effectively and efficiently as possible. This project and what it will achieve was, of course, important last week but it's even more important this week," Trudeau said.
Trudeau said he was working with Snyder on ways to accelerate the bridge's completion.
One of the proud attendees at the ceremony for the was Dr. Murray Howe, son of the famed Detroit Red Wings player. He said he couldn't be prouder to see his dad's name honored this way.
"I'm so grateful that he was able to be told about it," Howe said, "And he said, 'That sounds pretty good to me,' and that's his way of saying, 'Really, wow, that's amazing.'"
The expected life span of the bridge is 125 years.
Here are the most up-to-date renderings of the bridge from the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA), which is managing the procurement process for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the:
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