Windsor–Detroit Bridge Authority)
The Detroit-Windsor Gordie Howe International Bridge will beome as iconic as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, a Canadian official predicts.
Consul General Joseph Comartin made the statement this week at a gathering of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, according to the Sentinel-Tribune, an Ohio newspaper.
“It will be a game-changer for cross border supply chains,” Comartin said. “We are engaging with Toledo and other communities along the freight corridor leading to the new crossing with the goal of facilitating discussions, planning and activities to capitalize on this new infrastructure asset."
The bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor is scheduled for completion in 2024.
Other factoids he mentioned:
- Twenty five percent of the U.S.-Canada trade crosses between Windsor and Detroit, but there are only three ways to cross: The tunnel, the Ambassador Bridge and a truck ferry for vehicles carrying hazardous materials
- The Howe Bridge will double the number of lanes of traffic crossing at the Detroit border with Windsor. There are currently six lanes of traffic between the tunnel and Ambassador Bridge that accommodate 11,400 vehicles per day, with 7,000 being freight trucks.
- The new bridge will employ an additional 2,500 people, in combination between both countries.