Project Overview

The Gordie Howe International Bridge project is a once-in-a-generation undertaking. Not only will the project deliver much-needed transportation improvements for international travellers, it will also provide jobs and opportunities for growth to the Windsor-Detroit region and includes features that make this project truly distinctive. 

The project is being delivered through a public-private partnership (P3). A public-private partnership is a long-term performance- based approach to procuring public infrastructure where the private sector assumes a major share of the risks in terms of financing and construction and ensuring effective performance of the infrastructure, from design and planning, to long-term maintenance.

There are four components to the Gordie Howe International Bridge:

Rendering of the Gordie Howe International Bridge

  • Cable-stayed design

  • Six-lanes: three Canadian-bound, three US-bound

  • Total length: approximately 2.5 kilometres / 1.5 miles

  • Clear span of 853 metres / 0.53 miles - the longest main span of any cable-stayed bridge in North America

  • No piers in the water

  • One approach bridge on each side of the crossing to connect Ports of Entry in Canada and the US

  • Once complete, the Gordie Howe International Bridge will be among the top five longest bridges in North America.

  • A dedicated multi-use path that will accommodate pedestrians and cyclists


Rendering of the Canadian Port of Entry

  • Size: approximately 53 hectare / 130 acre site

  • Inbound border inspection facilities for both passenger and commercial vehicles

  • Outbound inspection facilities

  • Toll collection facilities for both the US-bound and Canada-bound traffic

  • Maintenance facility

  • The footprint allows for the installation of further technology and the addition of expanded border processing facilities

  • Once constructed, this port will be the largest Canadian port along the Canada-US border and one of the largest anywhere in North America


Rendering of the United States Port of Entry
  • Size: approximately 68 hectare/ 167 acres

  • Inbound border inspection facilities for both passenger and commercial vehicles

  • Outbound inspection facilities

  • Commercial exit control booths

  • The footprint allows for the installation of further technology and the addition of expanded border processing facilities

  • Once constructed, this port will be one of the largest ports of entry in North America


Rendering of the Michigan Interchange

  • Local road improvements including:

    • 4 new road bridges

    • 5 new pedestrian bridges

    • Widened roads at key intersections to allow transport trucks to make full uninterrupted turns

  • Primary connecting ramps to and from the US POE

    • 4 bridges crossing the railway and connecting I-75 to the US POE

    • Reconfiguration of I-75 interchange ramps and service drives

    • Primary connecting ramps to and from the US POE