After months of delays, the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority had has issued the request for proposals inviting proponents to submit formal proposals to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.
The process is expected to last 18-months and is the second phase of competitive procurement process to select a private-sector partner.
The three Proponents, Bridging North America, CanAm Gateway Partners and Legacy Link Partners were pre-qualified through the request for qualifications stage.
The RFP sets out the conditions and specifications required to deliver the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. The proponents will prepare and submit their binding technical and financial proposals, including a fixed price and schedule.
Each proposal will then be rigorously evaluated by a team comprised of WDBA officials, partner organizations and experts. A preferred proponent will be identified, and subject to reaching financial close and to appropriate approvals, this Proponent will become WDBA’s private-sector partner.
“The Request for Proposals is perhaps the single most important document that WDBA will deliver. Much progress has already been accomplished on both sides of the border and we continue to work to prepare the sites for this historic infrastructure project in advance of the construction to be undertaken by the private-sector partner. I would like to thank WDBA staff along with our Michigan and US and Canadian federal partners for the tremendous effort they have put forward in getting the project to this critical stage,” said Michael Cautillo, WDBA President and Chief Executive Officer.