Gordie Howe Bridge project chooses partnership that includes Irving firm

Gordie Howe Bridge rendering 

Fluor Corp. (NYSE: FLR) announced July 5 that Bridging North America, a partnership of Fluor and ACS Infrastructure Canada, was selected to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Gordie Howe International Bridge project for Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA). Fluor plans to book its share of the design and construction contract value in the fourth quarter of 2018.

The Gordie Howe International Bridge project is a planned bridge and border crossing spanning the Detroit River and connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, Canada by linking Interstate 75 and Interstate 96 in Michigan with the new extension of Highway 401 (Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway) in Ontario.

A final contract is expected to be signed later this year for the cable-stayed bridge connecting Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit. In addition to carrying motorized vehicle traffic it’s expected to have bike lanes. The Canadian-financed bridge over the Detroit River is scheduled to open in 2020.

The final cost of the project will be announced later, but reports in the Canadian press say the cost may be around $4.8 billion in Canadian dollars.

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The privately-owned Ambassador Bridge currently links the cities. Its owners are planning their own new span next to the existing bridge.

“Fluor is pleased with the selection of our joint venture team to design, build, finance, operate and maintain this once-in-a-generation project,” said Terence Easton, president of Fluor’s infrastructure business. “We are looking forward to partnering with WDBA to reach financial close later this year and ultimately deliver a durable, long-lasting, landmark bridge with a unique visual presence for the local community and international travelers.”

Fluor and ACS Infrastructure Canada led the development phase of the project and will hold the prime contract. This is the second project in the Windsor-Detroit area where Fluor and ACS have partnered. Fluor and ACS recently delivered, and are currently operating and maintaining, the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway in Windsor, Ontario, that will connect to the Gordie Howe International Bridge.

The partnership will design and build the project, and when complete, this crossing will be the longest cable-stayed bridge in North America. The scope also includes building new, state-of-the-art ports of entry on both the U.S. and Canadian side of the Detroit River as well as improvements to existing infrastructure in both Michigan and Ontario. Early works will start this summer in advance of financial close, which is set for this fall.

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Fluor and ACS will operate and maintain the facility for 30 years to performance standards that will be established by WDBA following completion.