Construction firms from Europe and North America will bid for a US$ 2.1 billion project, to build a bridge connecting the US and Canada.

The Windsor-Detroit bridge is set to replace the Ambassador bridge (pictured), which currently carries around 30% of all lorry traffic between the two countries.

The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority has asked three consortiums to put forward plans for the bridge, based on a design, build and operate model.

The shortlisted groups are:

Bridging North America, containing 14 companies, including Fluor Canada, Aecon and Aecom, and led by the Canadian arm of Spanish firm ACS;

Legacy Link Partners, led by SNC-Lavalin and Vinci;

CanAm Gateway Partners, led by Bechtel.

The bridge will be named after Saskatchewan ice hockey player Gordie Howe, who was best known for his tenure with the Detroit Red Wings.

Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s minister of infrastructure and communities, said, “The Gordie Howe International Bridge is one of the most significant infrastructure projects in North America because of its vital role in maintaining and growing Canada’s most important trade relationship and closest partnership.”

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