Two authorities named to oversee construction of Windsor-Detroit bridge

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    Recently, two authorities were established to oversee the construction of the new publicly-owned bridge between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan.

    Kristine Burr and Geneviève Gagnon were named by Canada and Michael D. Hayes, Birgit M. Klohs and Matt Rizik were appointed by Michigan. Burr will also serve as the chairperson of the International Authority. The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) will select a third Canadian member in the near future.

    The International Authority was created pursuant to the crossing agreement signed by Canada and Michigan on June 15, 2012. Comprised of six members with equal representation from Canada and Michigan, the International Authority will oversee and approve key steps in the P3 procurement process for the new Windsor-Detroit bridge crossing. It will also monitor the compliance of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority with the crossing agreement signed by Canada and Michigan.

    The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority was created in 2012 and is Canada’s newest Crown Corp. The WDBA will manage the procurement process for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the new bridge through a public-private partnership (P3). It will also oversee the work of the public-private partnership, manage the concession agreement and payments, and set and collect tolls.

    The project is known as the Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) in Canada and the New International Trade Crossing (NITC) in Michigan. It consists of four major infrastructure components: the bridge, the Canadian port of entry (POE), the U.S. POE, and an interchange connection to Interstate 75 in Michigan.

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