Final Steps in Connecting the Gordie Howe International Bridge Deck Underway

The Gordie Howe Bridge is under construction. Photo taken on May 7, 2024. (Photo by Gordie Howe International Bridge)

Windsor, Ontario — Excitement is building for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project team as they begin the final steps to connect the bridge deck over the Detroit River. With 26 metres/85 feet remaining, the same width as an official NHL rink, it is anticipated that the two sides will connect at the end of June. 

Over the next four-to-six weeks, bridge enthusiasts from land and the river will observe a multi-step process leading up to the bridge deck connection. Crews must install one more segment on the US side that measures 15 metres/49 feet before work starts on the final segment, known as the mid-span closure. Once connected, the bridge deck spanning the distance between the two iconic towers will measure 853 metres/0.53 miles making it the longest main span of any cable-stayed bridge in North America and the tenth longest in the world. It will also be the longest composite steel and concrete bridge deck for any cable-stayed bridge in the world.  

Even though it will appear the bridge is completed, there is still plenty of work remaining before the bridge opens in fall 2025. Crews will stress stay cables and install electrical, fire suppression and drainage systems, barriers, signage, lighting, deck paving, and pavement markings and complete the multi-use path.


 “Achieving the bridge deck connection is monumental in the progress on the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. This new bridge is the physical representation of the international cooperation that exists between the neighbouring communities in Windsor and Detroit, throughout Ontario and Michigan, and across North America. After years of planning and construction, we remain on course to open the bridge in fall 2025, and, with that, create new opportunities for economic growth and prosperity.” 

                          – Charl van Niekerk, CEO, Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) 

“Bridging North America is proud of the dedicated engineers and skilled trades people whose unwavering commitment to safety and excellence has propelled us closer to completing the bridge deck of the Gordie Howe International Bridge. Their resilience and skill are the driving force behind the realization of this historic infrastructure project.”  

– David Henderson, CEO, Bridging North America (BNA)  

 “While work remains to complete the structure, it is appropriate that we celebrate connecting this bridge deck, a physical link between the state of Michigan and our most vital trading partner. I cannot overstate the significance for the businesses and citizens on both sides of the border who rely on the timely movement of goods as well as for members of the MDOT team who have been working for decades to build relationships in Detroit neighborhoods and respond to residents’ concerns as this historic bridge becomes a reality.”  

                          – Bradley C. Wieferich, Director, Michigan Department of Transportation 

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) aims to better serve Canadians at one of the busiest land border crossing corridors in Canada. In anticipation of the opening of the Gordie Howe International Bridge port of entry, the CBSA has hired over 100 border services officers with plans to hire more over the next year, increasing our capacity to facilitate travel and trade, while protecting our communities in the Windsor-Detroit area. The Agency works with stakeholders and other government departments to ensure the success of this project, and we are looking forward to its completion.

                          – Brett Bush, A/Regional Director General, Southern Ontario Region, Canada Border Services Agency


  • The Gordie Howe International Bridge features 216 stay cables, of which all but 10 have been installed. The remaining cables will be installed by mid-June. 
  • Once a physical connection is made over the Detroit River, the bridge is treated as an international crossing by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) resulting in both agencies having a presence on respective bridge sites and all individuals accessing the bridge deck – including construction crews – being subject to the rules and legislation for international crossings. 
  • Progress continues on the Canadian and US Ports of Entry (POEs) and the Michigan Interchange, including: 
    • interior work on all buildings within the Canadian POE including window fixtures, heating and cooling, electrical, plumbing and flooring 
    • interior work on more than half of the buildings at the US POE  
    • placement of all the girders on the ramps over I-75 leading to the US POE. 
Only 85 feet remains to connect both sides of the new Gordie Howe International Bridge. (photo credit: Gordie Howe International Bridge)


Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) is a not-for-profit Canadian Crown corporation created to deliver the Gordie Howe International Bridge project between Windsor, ON and Detroit, MI through a public- private partnership (P3). WDBA is responsible for overseeing and managing the construction and operation of the new crossing. For more information on WDBA visit and follow the project on Facebook at


Bridging North America (BNA) became the private-sector partner to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Gordie Howe International Bridge project in September 2018. BNA is comprised of some of the most recognized leaders in the construction and infrastructure industry which includes North American and international companies. BNA partners have significant experience carrying out major infrastructure projects such as the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway in Windsor, Ontario; New Champlain Bridge Corridor in Montreal, Quebec; Autoroute 30 in Montreal, Quebec; Eglinton Crosstown LRT in Toronto, Ontario; Réseau Express Métropolitain (REM) in Montreal, Quebec; Automated People Mover at LAX Airport, California; Harbor Bridge, Corpus Christi, Texas; Tappan Zee Bridge in New York and San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, California. 


The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is responsible for Michigan’s 9,669-mile state highway system, comprised of all M, I, and US routes. MDOT also administers other state and federal transportation programs for aviation, intercity passenger services, rail freight, local public transit services, the Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF), and others. MDOT works directly with WDBA on the US components of the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. 

Source: Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority

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