The new international bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, remains on track for 2020 completion, according to Mark Butler, senior communications advisor for Transport Canada.
Butler said although the United States government has not yet appropriated the $250 million for the U.S. Inspection Plaza, it is fully expected the funding will be allocated in the future.
Currently, Transport Canada is working with its U.S. and Michigan partners on further design work and discussions on property acquisition.
“Canada is now in the process of completing title searches and advancing engineering design work for the properties on the U.S. side needed for the project,” Butler said. “On the Canadian side, Transport Canada continues to engage in negotiations with property owners in order to acquire the land required for the Canadian plaza site.”
Transport Canada also is engaged in conducting geotechnical and foundations engineering for the project on both sides of the border.
In addition to property acquisitions on both sides, the project requires an RFQ and RFP process to hire the companies that will be involved in the construction of the project. That process is expected to take a year.
Canada also is doing environmental mitigation work, including relocating two snake species and vegetation to a conservation area, which must be completed before the project can begin.
The new crossing will provide a much-needed redundancy for trade between Detroit and Windsor, ease congestion, and support commerce and economic development on both sides, Butler said.
The current Detroit-Windsor corridor supports 31 percent of trade carried by truck between the two nations. In 2012, 2.5 million trucks crossed through the corridor, supporting $105.6 billion in trade.