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News » US » Parsons lands key role on new US-Canada bridge » published 8 Mar 2018

Parsons lands key role on new US-Canada bridge

The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) has appointed Parsons as owner’s engineer for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.

Concepts for both suspension and cable-stayed bridges have been produced Above: Concepts for both suspension and cable-stayed bridges have been produced

Construction of the new bridge between Windsor in Ontario and Detroit in Michigan will begin this year. The bridge will have a total length of approximately 2.5km and a clear span cable-supported span of 850m.

The US$61m contract awarded to Parsons is the first that WDBA has awarded for services related to the design-build phase of the project.

Parsons has already been working as WDBA’s general engineering consultant, providing a range of professional engineering services during the preparatory activities and procurement stages of the project. WDBA has exercised its option for the contract to be amended to select Parsons as owner’s engineer. The company will support the WDBA by carrying out design reviews, providing technical advice and monitoring and overseeing the construction activities. Its work as owner’s engineer will begin next month, two months before WDBA announces its preferred proponent and begins final contractual negotiations. 

WDBA is currently concluding its public-private partnership procurement process to choose a private-sector team to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the bridge.

WDBA interim chief executive officer André Juneau said: “As we finalize our procurement process to select a private-sector partner to deliver the Gordie Howe International Bridge project it is important that we take steps now to prepare for the start of significant construction. In addition to getting the sites ready through preparatory activities, we are getting our organization ready to manage the project with appointing Parsons as our owner’s engineer being our first critical step.”

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This article was published on 8 Mar 2018 (last updated on 14 Mar 2018).

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