Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt is announcing Monday that the bidding process has begun for construction of the new Gordie Howe International Bridge.
Raitt is calling the announcement the most important milestone to date. The launch means private companies can request for qualifications, the first stage in the procurement process to select a partner.
The bridge will run between Detroit and Windsor. It’s designed to alleviate congestion along the privately owned Ambassador Bridge.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says construction of the bridge will strengthen his state’s economy and create thousands of jobs.
The structure is named after the Canadian Hockey Hall of Famer, who spent much of his professional career with the Detroit Red Wings. The 87-year-old is recovering from a stroke, but in May, his son called the naming of the bridge in May a “truly incredible” honour.
The project is expected to cost over $2 billion.