WINDSOR, Ont.—The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) has announced the respondent teams that will move forward in the RFP (request for proposals) stage of the procurement process to select a private-sector partner for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.
The bridge, originally projected to cost $2.1 billion with the Canadian government paying for almost all of it, will span the Detroit River between Windsor, Ont. and Detroit. Cost estimates have risen in recent months given the drop of the Canadian dollar and other factors.
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.
■The project owner issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) on July 20, 2015 and received six responses on Oct. 9. The WBDA is expected to announce the winning bid later in 2016 with construction expected to start in 2017.
The existing bridge between the two cities, the Ambassador Bridge, is said to be the busiest border crossing in North America in terms of trade value, handling more than 25 per cent of Canadian-American merchandise trade