Initially built in 2020 and showcased at Art Windsor-Essex the following year, Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority’s (WDBA) large-scale model of the Gordie Howe International Bridge project is now on display at Windsor City Hall. Free to the public, the display offers a unique opportunity to get an up close, three-dimensional look at the project currently under construction.    

An impressive work of art at approximately 6.1m/20ft long and 2.4m/8ft wide, the replica provides a high level of detail that goes beyond the limits of pen and paper allowing viewers to visualize the project in its entirety. It includes models of all four components of the project – the bridge, the two Ports of Entry, and the Michigan Interchange – as well as local roadways, trees, and vehicles. This brings the project to life for visitors and gives them a more tangible understanding of the new border transportation system. 

“We’re thrilled to make the scale model accessible to the Windsor community,” says Bryce Phillips, Chief Executive Officer for WDBA. “By displaying it at City Hall, we hope that more people will be able to see the full scope of the project and envision the exciting future we’re building right here in the Windsor-Detroit region.”

Created by Toronto-based architect and design team Peter McCann Architectural Models Inc., the model involved more than 2,000 hours of work and a team of 12 people. It is an exact 1:750-scale and identical in design to the project. Learn more about the scale model’s development.

To view the Gordie Howe International Bridge project model for yourself, visit Windsor City Hall during regular hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. The model is available to the public in the main reception area on the first floor.