Construction to the Gordie Howe International Bridge Entering Next Stages

Aug. 31, 2023
The bridge is expected to open to traffic in 2025.

Construction to the Gordie Howe International Bridge connecting Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Canada is entering its final stages. The last concrete pour for the sloped architectural heads at the top of the pylons is now complete.

The tower on the U.S. side of the bridge has reached its full height of 722 feet, roughly the same height as Detroit's iconic Renaissance Center.

The towers have been under construction since 2019. Underground foundational work and the tower footings were completed in December 2020 and included six shafts per tower leg drilled into the bedrock to a depth of 118 feet.

Lower pylon construction was completed in March 2022. During this work, the muraled jump forms encased the tower legs providing workers an enclosed environment while each leg rose to nearly 460 feet. Following construction of the upper cross beam that merged the tower legs into a single structure, work on the pylon head of the tower has been steadily progressing.    

Crews will now begin removing the jump form system, which is expected to be completed by the end of September. Equipment, platforms and materials will be removed before a crane will lift away each of the eight panels from the tower.

The bridge is expected to open to traffic in 2025.

More information on the Gordie Howe International Bridge can be found on its official website.


Source: Click on Detroit News/Point International Gordie Howe International Bridge