Gordie Howe International Bridge Deck Connections; work to continue

Workers from the United States and Canada logged on to the deck of the Gordie Howe International Bridge Friday morning – a key milestone as construction advances on the international crossing over the Detroit River.

Crews installed the final two edge gears connecting the bridge deck, according to the bridge’s Facebook page. This historic moment marks the next stage of the multi-year project, with Canadian and American steelworkers shaking hands on the newly connected bridge, which is expected to be completed next year.

Construction of the bridge began in fall 2018 and construction of the bridge deck began in December 2022, with the opening schedule delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bridge deck was built simultaneously on both sides of the river to meet in the middle.

This historic development will change Detroit’s skyline for generations, with the bridge’s 125-year lifespan supplementing traffic on the nearby Ambassador Bridge. The Gordie Howe International Bridge will serve as a key trade point on the Canada-U.S. border, with approximately $13 million in investments made in the Detroit and Windsor initiatives since 2019. The project includes a contract valued at approximately $4.8 billion dollars (6.4 billion Canadian dollars).

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