As normalcy returned to the few blocks of Windsor, Ont., that were occupied in early February by Ambassador Bridge blockaders, construction crews continued work on a new nearby span to give auto companies and other border traffic another option for crossing the Detroit River.
The six-day blockade refocused attention on the $4.5 billion Gordie Howe International Bridge, said Heather Grondin, a spokeswoman at the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA), the federal Crown corporation overseeing construction of the new crossing.
With towering piers rising on both sides of the river, the six-lane bridge will soon reshape how people and goods traverse the busiest trade route between Canada and the U.S., she said.
“It’s going to allow for redundancy or crossing choice, which is critical. It will allow for future capacity, thinking about how travel demand will continue to grow over time.”