The Gordie Howe International Bridge ceremonially broke ground today, with Governor Rick Snyder on hand. The bridge, which will span the Detroit River from Windsor to the Delray neighborhood in Southwest Detroit, is two miles downstream of the Ambassador Bridge.
Proponents of the new crossing, such as Gov. Snyder, hope it will strengthen the economic ties of the United States and Canada at the busiest commercial border crossing between the two nations. “Common sense,” Snyder said. “This is the busiest commercial crossing between our nations, and there’s an opportunity to see that grow and flourish.”
Michigan will co-own the bridge, but Canada’s federal government will pay the entirety of the costs of the project and will be paid back in future tolls. The latest cost reports estimate the project will cost $4.8 billion. An official groundbreaking is expected to happen in the autumn and the bridge should be fully completed in 2022.