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Bridge authority issues request for bids for new Windsor-Detroit bridge

November 15, 2016

The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) issued last week the Request for Proposals (RFP) inviting proponents to submit formal proposals to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.

The new Gordie Howe International Bridge will link Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan at the busiest trade corridor between Canada and the United States.

The 18-month RFP stage is the second phase in WDBA's competitive procurement process to select a private-sector partner. The three Proponents - Bridging North America, CanAm Gateway Partners and Legacy Link Partners - were pre- qualified through the Request for Qualifications stage.

The RFP sets out the conditions and specifications required to deliver the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. The Proponents will prepare and submit their binding technical and financial proposals, including a fixed price and schedule.

Each proposal will then be rigorously evaluated by a team comprised of WDBA officials, partner organizations and experts. A Preferred Proponent will be identified. Subject to reaching Financial Close and to appropriate approvals, this Proponent will become WDBA's private-sector partner.

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