October 5, 2018 - Speech by Bryce Phillips, CEO at the start of construction celebration

Wow! What a great crowd we have gathered here today... this is super.

I’m Bryce Phillips, CEO of Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority and I welcome you all here to celebrate a monumental day in the story of the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.

I see many of you have found where to grab a bite to eat. For those of you who haven’t, the food and beverage stations are located at the University Avenue end of the park.

I would like to acknowledge a few people in the crowd this afternoon. First off, Mayor Drew Dilkens, from our host community of the City of Windsor, Aaron Epstein, CEO of Bridging North America, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Hounourable François-Philippe Champagne and I see many more of our project partners and staff.

Today is a momentous day for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. Just a few hours ago we stood at the Canadian Port of Entry site with our partners from Bridging North America and representatives from the Government of Canada and State of Michigan. We officially kicked off the start of construction. This is a big deal.

At $5.7 billion, it marks the start of what is arguably the largest infrastructure project the region will see in this generation.

The Gordie Howe International Bridge will be the longest cable-stayed bridge in North America and the seventh longest in the world. It will be an iconic addition to Windsor’s and Detroit’s skylines.

I know that we are committed to delivering the best and most beautiful crossing in the world.

It is what the communities on both sides of the border have demanded and it is what the Windsor-Essex and Detroit communities deserve.Both Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority and Bridging North America look forward to continuing to work with the communities as our partners during construction.

We have all worked hard to get here today and we all have reason to celebrate.

Now, I’m thrilled to have the privilege to introduce the Right Honourable, Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.