By David Muller | MLive.com
DETROIT, MI – The Southwest Detroit Congress of Communities has announced that it will be assessing which local contractors can qualify for Michigan Department of Transportation contracts for work on the New International Trade Crossing.
On Friday, Gov. Rick Snyder and federal officials announced the U.S. State Department has issued a permit for construction of the NITC, a $3.5 billion bridge that will connect Detroit to Windsor, Ontario.
The Congress of Communities said that it is looking for pre-qualified contractors to do road and bridge construction and repair, concrete or hot asphalt mixing and paving, pavement marking, concrete curb and sidewalk work, street lighting, sewer installation, signing and landscaping.
At the same time, the Southwest Detroit Business Association and Pure Michigan are partnering to hire a full-time staff member to help local contractors get pre-qualified with MDOT and then to assist them with the bidding process.
“This is simply an assessment of contractors in a our community, not a guarantee of pre-qualification,” Congress of Communities said in a statement. A spokeswoman for the program could not immediately be reached Tuesday morning.
In the past, SDBA president Kathleen Wendler has said the organization was working to ensure that work on the new bridge would come from the area that it is impacting the most, namely the Del Ray neighborhood and Southwest Detroit – where the foot of the structure will land in the U.S. – rather than from out-of-state contractors.
The Congress of Communities said it will later pass local contractors’ information on to the SDBA and Pure Michigan. The process is expected to begin in about six months.