The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) has issued a statement to clear up recent media reports of delays with the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.
President Michael Cautillo said procurement partners are expected to be announced in 2018, along with construction the same year.
Cautillo addressed reports that the bridge would not be completed until 2023. Instead, the Cautillo said the “timeline for completion will be considered as they review proposals, ensuring the bridge is delivered in an “aggressive and prudent schedule.”
Specifically, WDBA countered reports plans for a multi-use path on the bridge were causing delays. “The incorporation of a multi-use path on the Gordie Howe International Bridge almost six months ago to ensure the Proponents had time to incorporate this design element into their proposals.”
Cautillo insisted the project remains on schedule.
We are in constant dialogue with the Proponents to understand their needs as they complete their proposals. The timetable for our Proponents to submit information is being reviewed, which is not unusual for a construction project of this scale. This will ensure that the procurement process will yield the best possible proposals without compromising our commitment to begin significant construction of the bridge in 2018.