Roads & Paving
US$48M land deal reached for Gordie Howe International Bridge
By Andrew Snook
July 5, 2017 – On June 23, the City of Detroit and the State of Michigan agreed to a US$48-million settlement for land that will be needed for part of the construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.
The sale will include 36 city-owned parcels of land, underground assets and approximately 5 miles of city-owned streets, according to a recent press release from the City of Detroit.
The city plans on using the US$48 million for neighbourhood redevelopment, job training, and health monitoring for Detroit residents.
“This kind of collaborative approach is how we are going to approach every major project that comes into our city,” stated Mayor of Detroit Mike Duggan. “We were able to come up with a package that addresses the needs and concerns of the community in the area of the bridge and positions Detroiters to take advantage of the jobs that this once-in-a-lifetime infrastructure project will create for years to come. We will continue to work closely with members of the CAG to ensure their voices are heard.”
The construction of the bridge is expected to generate thousands of jobs while building highway-to-highway connectivity between 1-75 in Detroit and Highway 401 in Windsor, Ont.
Construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge is scheduled to start in 2018.