Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA)

News Release


WINDSOR, ONTARIO – Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) today announced that the Gordie Howe International Bridge project was recognized by IJGlobal Project Finance and Infrastructure Journal as its 2018 Road Deal of the Year at an awards gala held in New York.

The IJGlobal Awards celebrate the best-in-class transactions to have closed over the past calendar year, across the international infrastructure and energy sectors and recognizes the organizations that play central roles in these deals. Valued for their rigorous selection process, and working in partnership with industry experts, the IJGlobal Awards recognize excellence in the delivery of challenging deals.

The Gordie Howe International Bridge project is one of the largest infrastructure projects in North America. Once in service, the new bridge will provide for redundancy, improved border processing and highway-to-highway international connectivity at the busiest trade corridor between Canada and the United States. It also addresses future needs and will provide six lanes to meet anticipated growth in traffic over the years to come.

The project includes ports of entry on each side of the border, a six-lane bridge with a dedicated multi-use path for pedestrians and cyclists, and a new interchange with I-75. The bridge is expected to be in service by the end of 2024.


“We take immense pride in having the Gordie Howe International Bridge project selected as the 2018 Road Deal of the Year by IJGlobal. The Gordie Howe International Bridge project is significant both in its scope and complexity and will bring positive economic, social and environmental benefits to communities on both sides of the border.”

Bryce Phillips, CEO - Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority

Quick facts

  • WDBA signed a $5.7 billion, fixed-price contract with Bridging North America on September 28, 2018, to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.
  • This public infrastructure project is being delivered through a public-private partnership (P3) and includes the 74-month design-build (DB) phase and a 30-year operation, maintenance, rehabilitation (OMR) phase.
  • Fasken acted as lead counsel and advised the Government of Canada and Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority on the project.
  • The Gordie Howe International Bridge project is the recipient of two other recent awards: “Canadian Deal of the Year” in Lexpert’s Top 10 Deals of 2018 and by Project Finance International as the “2018 Transport Deal of the Year for the Americas”.

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.

About Fasken

Fasken is a leading international law firm with more than 700 lawyers and 10 offices on four continents whose clients rely on for practical, innovative and cost-effective legal services. Fasken’s award-winning Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnerships Group is at the leading edge of industry developments across the world.


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