The work on the longest cable-stayed bridge in North America has officially commenced. The beautiful Gordie Howe International Bridge will link Detroit in the United States to Windsor in Canada. Projected to be completed in 2024, the construction will commence from the Canadian side.
Cost and Design
The total cost of the project is estimated to be around $2 Billion to $3 Billion. These cost estimates are projected taking into account the height of the bridge and the main span, which is the longest span of any cable-stayed bridge. It also means that there will be no support in the middle as the span extends to nearly 2,800 feet without a single pier beneath it. The bridge is also designed to facilitate heavy shipping traffic on the Great Lakes.
The project is an example of a public-private partnership where the private sector assumes a major share of the risk associated with such a large-scale project. As a result, local communities and public institutions of cities on both side of the border will benefit.
‘Once completed, there will be three US-bound and three Canadian-bound lanes open to the public. There will be one approach bridge on each side of the entry points to Canada and the United States. It will also have a dedicated path for pedestrians and cyclists to enjoy the natural scenes from the bridge. As part of the extended project, local road improvements connecting to the main bridge consist of four new road bridges, 5 new pedestrian bridges, and winding roads at key intersections allowing trucks and vehicles to move uninterruptedly.