DBi P3 partnership shortlisted for Howe Bridge project

DBi P3 partnership shortlisted for Howe Bridge project

The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) announced the three finalists who will move forward to the Request for Proposals (RFP) stage to select a private-sector partner for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. Each must now submit a detailed application explaining how it will design, build, finance, operate and maintain the bridge.

Six teams responded to the initial Request for Qualifications (RFQ) in October. All underwent a rigorous evaluation process conducted by both public and private sector experts, with the three highest scoring teams being shortlisted.

The WDBA plans to select a partner before the end of this year so construction can begin early 2017. The private sector partner will be chosen by the bridge authority and the federal government, which is providing the funding.

The $2.1 billion span between Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario Canada is to be two miles downriver from the Ambassador Bridge. Scheduled to open in 2020, it will provide a second highway link for heavy trucks at the busiest US-Canada crossing point.

DBi Services is part of the Bridging North America team, which includes some of the same companies involved in the $1.4-billion Herb Gray Parkway project. They include ACS Infrastructure Canada, Fluor Canada and Dragados Canada. DBi will be responsible for maintenance and repairs of the parkway.

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