RFP delayed four months for $2.1bn Gordie Howe bridge

Financial close for the key trade corridor connecting Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario is expected next September.

Procurement for the $2.1 billion Gordie Howe International Bridge has been pushed back by four months, according to the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority.

WDBA shunted the period for request for proposals to be submitted to develop the project, but the authority insisted “significant construction” is still expected to begin next year. RFPs are now due in May 2018 and financial close is planned for September.

The Gordie Howe International Bridge is planned to connect Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario. The bridge will provide a second option for commercial trucks at the busiest crossing point along the US-Canada border.
Around $350 million of work is already ongoing at the Canadian and US project sites, WDBA said.

“WDBA will continue to deliver preparatory activities on both sides of the border. Doing this work now enables our private-sector partner to begin construction as quickly as possible in 2018,” the authority said in a statement.

In January, WDBA shortlisted three teams to make proposals for the project. The consortiums include: SNC Lavalin Capital; a Vinci Concessions and John Laing Infrastructure Fund partnership; a group consisting of ACS Infrastructure, Fluor and Aecon Construction Group; and a team including Fengate Capital Management and EllisDon Capital.

“The Gordie Howe International Bridge project is the largest and most ambitious trade infrastructure project along the Canada-United States border,” said Michael Cautillo, WDBA president. “The bridge will encourage new investment between Canada and the United States. It will also help to maintain and create thousands of jobs and opportunities on both sides of the border.”