US, Canada move ahead on Detroit River bridge PPP

State and federal transportation agencies from the two countries have issued a request for proposals for information for the development of the Detroit River International Crossing – a crucial road link in a heavily trafficked commercial artery between Ontario and Michigan.

US and Canadian officials are moving ahead with a plan to build a new bridge between the countries along the Detroit River under a partnership with the private sector.

Detroit River: in need of a
new crossing

Late last week, state and federal transportation agencies from the two countries issues a request for proposals for information for the development of the Detroit River International Crossing, a first step in identifying interested parties for the project and soliciting their feedback.

The project, which has been in the planning stages for several years, would ask bidders to construct a suspension or cable-stayed bridge linking southwest Ontario, Canada and Michigan on the US side of the Detroit River. Inspection areas for international traffic would also be included in the project.

The Detroit River marks one of the busiest commercial corridors between the two countries. Approximately 28 percent of surface trade between the United States and Canada passes through the Detroit River area, according to the request for proposals.

Responses to the request are due 17 March.

A final request for proposals is tentatively scheduled to be issued in the Summer of 2011.