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The Numbers Behind the Gordie Howe International Bridge

Construction Progress on the Gordie Howe International Bridge

The Gordie Howe International Bridge, set to be completed by the end of June 2024, is nearing its final construction stages with just 26 meters left to connect the bridge deck between Windsor and Detroit.

Once finished, the bridge will be a massive structure spanning 853 meters over the Detroit River, making it the longest cable-stayed bridge in North America and the 10th longest in the world. With a width of 37.5 meters, the bridge will offer three lanes of traffic in each direction as well as a multi-use trail for pedestrians, providing increased efficiency and capacity for cross-border travel.

The project, which has been under construction for over 2,000 days, has involved the installation of 206 stay-cables to support the weight of the bridge, with only 10 left to attach to the final section. With 11,000 people receiving mandatory training and 13 million hours of work completed, the $6.4 billion bridge project has been a massive undertaking.

Once open, the Gordie Howe International Bridge is expected to reduce average border crossing times by 11-18 minutes, offering improved efficiency for travelers and businesses alike. The bridge is a significant investment in infrastructure longevity and security, providing a vital link between Windsor and Detroit for years to come.

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