Work to complete Gateway Project to begin immediately

Shelby Township company will takeover Gateway project at the Ambassador Bridge

By John Gallagher
Free Press Business Writer

Dan’s Excavating, a Shelby Township company with broad experience in bridge and highway construction, was the low bidder today to complete the long-delayed Gateway project at the Ambassador Bridge.

The low bid for $9.3 million means that Dan’s Excavating will take over the project at the direction of the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Dan’s Excavating was one of two bidders, the other being Walter Toebe Construction, a Wixom-based company. Both firms had been short-listed for the bidding process by MDOT based on their qualifications. Toebe had bid $9.6 million.

Gateway is a planned $230-million project designed to ease border crossings by connecting the Ambassador Bridge directly to local interstates through a series of new ramps and roads.

The project was planned to be jointly built by MDOT and the Detroit International Bridge Company, which operates the Ambassador Bridge. But delays and legal disputes between MDOT and DIBC led a local judge in early March to order MDOT to seize control of the Gateway work from the bridge company. The company is appealing that order.

The low bid covers the remaining construction cost, although the final tally could run higher as legal and other costs are added in. Wayne County Circuit Judge Prentis Edwards had ordered the bridge company to deposit $16 million into an MDOT account to pay for the work, with that total to be adjusted up or down as final costs become clear.

MDOT said Dan’s Excavating will begin work to finish Gateway immediately, with a goal of finishing the project by September.