ACS, Aecom and Fluor chosen for bridge linking Canada and America

Bridging North America, a team including ACS, Aecom, Dragados and Fluor has been selected for a public-private partnership project to build the Gordie Howe International Bridge linking Canada and the US.

The development connecting Ontario and Detroit was originally meant to be built by Canadian firm Aecon, which left the project in May this year, citing a backlog of work.

The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) has chosen Fluor and ACS Infrastructure Canada to lead the development phase of the project and hold the prime contract, meaning the companies will operate and maintain the facility for 30 years following completion.

The two have built and are already operating and maintaining the Herb Gray Parkway in Windsor, Ontario, which will connect to Gordie Howe.

The Ambassador bridge (Mike Russell/Creative Commons)

The bridge, which is named after the late Canadian ice hockey player who spent 25 years with the Detroit Red Wings, will be the longest cable-stayed bridge in North America and will replace the Ambassador bridge.

The development was to have cost $2.1bn when Aecon was selected, but new costs, design and schedule details will be released following financial close in September.

André Juneau, WDBA interim chief executive, said: "More than 60 subject-matter experts undertook a rigorous evaluation process, putting in countless hours, to reach today’s decision."

Construction on the project is due to begin this year.

Top image: Rendering of the Gordie Howe International Bridge (Fluor/Business Wire)

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