A University of Windsor engineering student is one step closer to graduation after completing her thesis on advanced tolling systems related to the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. The research was supported by the Annual Research Partnership, an initiative of the project’s Community Benefits Plan.

As part of her Master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering, Farnaz Zahedieh conducted research under Dr. Chris Lee’s supervision to test the impacts of a new toll information system and various lane configurations on traffic performance and safety using a computerized simulation model. Available data and resources on potential tolling information systems and proposed lane configurations were provided by Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority’s engineering team to support the delivery of this research, now in the process of publication at the University of Windsor. 

Partnerships with post-secondary institutions are just one of the many initiatives contained within the Workforce Development and Participation Strategy, a component of the Community Benefits Plan. The Community Benefits Plan also includes commitments to engage elementary and secondary school students in classroom activities to raise awareness about the project and career paths in related industries, as well as engaging post-secondary students through lectures, presentations and co-operative learning opportunities. Learn more about the Gordie Howe International Bridge Community Benefits Plan.