The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority on Thursday released a Request for Proposals for construction of a new six-lane bridge across the Detroit River.
Canada plans to cover the cost of building the $2.1 billion Gordie Howe International Bridge, plus a $250 million customs plaza on the U.S. side. Toll revenues collected on the U.S. side of the bridge will go toward repayment for the American share of the project.
The project includes the 1.5 mile bridge, Canadian and U.S. ports of entry, customs plazas, a tolling station on the Canadian side and a connection to I-75 in Michigan.
The bridge is intended to improve transportation across the border, foster trade growth and bring new jobs to southwestern Ontario and southeastern Michigan, officials said.
Officials hope to open the bridge to traffic by 2020.