WINDSOR, ONT. — The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) recently announced it has selected Parsons Inc. of Markham, Ont., for the role of Owner’s Engineer for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.
Construction on the new multibillion-dollar bridge between Windsor, Ont. and Detroit will begin this year, said a March 6 statement. The $61-million contract awarded to Parsons is the first contract the WDBA has awarded for services related to the design-build phase of the project.
Under the contract, Parsons will support the owner, WDBA, through design review, providing technical advice and monitoring and overseeing the construction activities of the private-sector partner through inspections, compliance reviews and audits, the statement indicated. Announcement of the preferred proponent is expected in June. The WDBA will then begin final contract negotiations with the announced winning bidder.
“Parsons is excited to serve as WDBA’s Owner’s Engineer and to be involved with this historic project,” said Mike Johnson, president of Parsons Infrastructure, in the statement. “We have a proven track record on major infrastructure projects around the world, and we look forward to collaborating with Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority to build the Gordie Howe International Bridge.”