Gordie Howe Bridge: New Drone Footage & Updates
The Gordie Howe International Bridge is getting closer to completion. Towards the end of August, the tower on the U.S. side of the Detroit River reached its full height of 722 feet, making it the second tallest structure in Detroit. Currently, officials from the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority report that the tower on the Canadian side is making good progress.
Significant progress is also being made on the towers, with the bridge deck at approximately 50% completion. Recent drone footage shared by officials shows the developments on the Michigan interchange. Traffic is flowing on I-75, and the footage shows the construction of ramps leading to and from the U.S. port of entry.
Recent drone footage shared.
Drone footage from the previous Friday displays substantial progress on the bridge deck, which extends about a quarter of the way across the river from each side.
According to the CBC, the Gordie Howe Bridge officials are maintaining their goal of opening the international crossing between Windsor and Detroit by late 2024.
With recent and upcoming achievements in the Gordie Howe International Bridge project, the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) and Bridging North America (BNA) plan to show their appreciation to the community for their support and patience during the five years of construction. They will host two community appreciation breakfasts. The first event will take place on Saturday, October 21, 2023, at Clark Park in Detroit, and the second will be on Saturday, November 4, 2023, at the Sandwich Teen Action Group in Windsor. Both events will feature entertainment, family-friendly activities, and free breakfast for up to 500 participants.
“We are excited to share that the US tower has reached its final height and the Canadian tower is nearing completion,” stated Charl van Niekerk, Chief Executive Officer, Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority. “These majestic towers have been the most visible and inspiring signs of progress, representing a major step forward in construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge.”