Dave Battagello, The Windsor Star
It is not quite ready for construction, but the planned $1-billion Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) Bridge has won an award for potentially creating the greatest number of jobs and/or businesses over its lifetime.
The downriver border crossing project is backed by both the Canadian and U.S. federal governments and expected to be completed for traffic before 2020.
The award was handed out Wednesday in Washington by leading infrastructure firm CG/LA Infrastructure.
“The Detroit River International Crossing is a transformative infrastructure investment that is critical to our regional competitiveness,” CG/LA Infrastructure CEO and President Norman F. Anderson said.
“The Project of the Year awards honor such innovative initiatives – and the visionaries who are leading them – that will help to shape the North American economic landscape into a global powerhouse for the future.”
The project will be a public-private partnership and feature a six-lane, 850-metre span, customs plazas on both sides of the border, and feeder roads in Detroit which in total is expected to add up to over $2 billion in costs.
Canada has offered $550 million to pay the state of Michigan’s share of the project with plans to recoup that money over time through tolls.
The DRIC bridge will link the industrial communities of Brighton Beach and Delray in southwest Detroit.
CG/LA Infrastructure made the announcement at an awards ceremony during the fifth Annual North American Strategic Infrastructure Leadership Forum in Washington.
Project of the Year award winners were selected among dozens of other projects – the Strategic Top 100 North American Infrastructure Projects, valued at $435 billion.
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