Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA)

News Release


WINDSOR, ONTARIO – Today the Gordie Howe International Bridge project was recognized by CG/LA Infrastructure with their prestigious 2019 Oracle Project of the Year Award in the Engineering Project category. Representatives from Windsor - Detroit Bridge Authority ( WDBA) were on hand in Montreal, Quebec, at the 12 th Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum to accept the award.

The CG/LA Oracle Project of the Year Awards recognize and celebrate the projects — and the leaders behind the projects — that are models for projects going forward. Awards are given in five categories: Strategic, Engineering, Finance, Green Infrastructure/Sustainability, and Job Creation.

The Gordie Howe International Bridge project has been the recipient of several industry awards recently including, IJGlobal’s Road Deal of the Year, Lexpert’s Canadian Deal of the Year and PFI’s Transport Deal of the Year.

The new Gordie Howe International Bridge will provide for redundancy at the busiest trade corridor between Canada and the United States with improved border processing and highway-to-highway international connectivity. It also addresses future needs and will provide six lanes to meet anticipated growth in traffic over the years to come. With features like a multi-use path for pedestrians and cyclists, LEED Silver rating for buildings and a robust Community Benefits Plan, the project will result in not only economic opportunities but positive environmental and community impacts as well. Bridging North America has presented a 74-month construction schedule to complete the four components of the project with the bridge expected to be in service by the end of 2024.


"We are hounoured to be this year’s recipient of the prestigious Oracle Project of the Year award in the Engineering Project category from CG/LA. The Gordie Howe International Bridge project is significant both in its scope and its engineering complexity. WDBA is proud to work with our private-sector partner, Bridging North America, in delivering North America’s longest cable-stayed bridge.”

Bryce Phillips, CEO - Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority

Quick facts

  • In recognition of the international scope of the project, the bridge over the Detroit River is being designed to two standards, known as a ‘dual-track design’ with the most stringent of the Canadian and US standards used to ensure the project is constructed to the highest standards of structural design and durability.
  • The two Ports of Entry and direct freeway connections are designed to provide high capacity border processing and 500,000 sq. ft. of attractive contemporary buildings in a landscaped environment, to complement the inspiring new cable-stayed bridge.
  • The six-lane cable-stayed bridge will be the longest span of its type in North America and includes a toll-free multi-use path designed to safely separate pedestrians and cyclists from vehicular traffic.
  • Throughout the development of rigorous project requirements, WDBA worked closely with its General Engineering Consultant, Parsons, to identify the impressive aesthetic and technical design standards to achieve a durable, state-of-the-art, modern international crossing and gateway symbol for Canada and the United States.

About Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority

Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) is a not-for-profit Canadian Crown corporation created to deliver the Gordie Howe International Bridge project between Windsor, ON and Detroit, MI through a public- private partnership (P3). WDBA is responsible for overseeing and managing the construction and operation of the new crossing. For more information on WDBA visit and follow the project on Twitter at

About Bridging North America

Bridging North America is comprised of some of the most recognized leaders in the construction/infrastructure industry which includes North American and international companies. BridgingNA partners have significant experience carrying out major infrastructure projects such as the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway in Windsor, Ontario; New Champlain Bridge Corridor in Montreal, Quebec; Autoroute 30 in Montreal, Quebec; Eglinton Crosstown LRT in Toronto, Ontario; Réseau Express Métropolitain (REM) in Montreal, Quebec; Automated People Mover at LAX Airport, California; Harbour Bridge and Tappan Zee Bridge in New York and San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge.




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Mark Butler
Director of Communications
Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority
519-946-4859 / 519-551-1612

Tara Carson
Senior Communications Advisor
Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority