The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) announced recently that as a result of public consultation and feedback and also consultation with the Canada Border Services Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Gordie Howe International Bridge will include a dedicated multi-use path that will accommodate pedestrians and cyclists.
The WDBA has asked the three proponent teams to include this design element in their response to the Request for Proposals, the authority announced in a media statement released March 1.
It is anticipated that the multi-use path will be located on the east side of the bridge. Barriers will separate pedestrians and cyclists from vehicular traffic to ensure the safety and security of the travelling public.
The multi-use path will be one lane that will accommodate the two-way traffic of pedestrians and cyclists.
Pedestrians and cyclists will be required to carry the same identification as if travelling by automobile and will be processed through the respective countries' customs and immigration systems, the release explained.
"Today's announcement is an example of how WDBA responds to opportunities our communities bring to our attention," commented Dwight Duncan, chair of the WDBA board of directors, in the statement. "We have heard you loud and clear that the ability to cross the Gordie Howe International Bridge by bike or by foot is important to you. They say that a vision needs a plan, otherwise it's a dream and I am pleased to say that dreams do come true. The integration of a multi-use path will benefit the communities, as it will support active transportation, a healthy lifestyle as well as enhance cycle tourism across the border."
The project will be undertaken using the public-private partnership management model. The bridge is expected to open in 2020.
The short-listed consortiums, announced Jan. 20, are:
• Legacy Link Partners — members include SNC Lavalin (various divisions), HDR Corp., Leonhardt, Andra and Partners (if cable stayed), Aas-Jakobsen (if suspension), Golder, American Bridge Canada, VINCI Construction, DRICCA (joint venture with Ajax Paving, Dan's Excavating, C.A. Hull Co Inc., Toebe Construction, Amico Infrastructures Inc.), John Laing Investments, Alfred Benesch & Company and Barton Malow;
• Bridging North America — members includes AECOM, ACS Infrastructure Canada, Dragados Canada, Aecon, RBC Dominion Securities, URS Federal Services, Turner Construction, Carlos Fernandez Casado S.L/ FHECOR Ingenieros Consultores S.A, Moriyama and Teshima Architects, Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects LLP and DBI Services LLC; and
• CanAm Gateway Partners — members include Arup-Hatch Mott McDonald Design JV, EllisDon, Roy Jorgensen Associates, Bechtel, Fengate Capital, BBGI CanHoldco, Bergmann Associates, NORR Ltd., Traylor Bros and Egis Projects S.A.