WINDSOR, ONT.—The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) has announced it has been recognized as Government Agency of the Year at the 2019 P3 Awards hosted by P3 Bulletin.
As well, the Gordie Howe International Bridge project connecting Windsor, Ont. and Detroit also won in the category of Best Road/Bridge/Tunnel Project.
The P3 Awards ceremony, held in New York, is intended to recognize the best in public-private partnerships, stated an Oct. 4 release.
The Government Agency of the Year award is presented to an agency that has “provided exemplary project leadership in promoting innovative deal structures and timely, efficient delivery of infrastructure projects in Canada, the United States or Latin America,” noted the award citation.
The Gordie Howe bridge is expected to be in service by the end of 2024. The constructor is the P3 consortium Bridging North America, undertaking work pursuant to a design, build, finance, operate and maintain contract.
The project involves construction of what will be the longest cabled-stayed bridge in North America as well as two ports of entry and a connection to highway I-75 in Michigan.
“The approach WDBA had taken to the complex procurement process and deal structure including technical, financial, legal and communications innovations will serve as best practices for future P3 projects. An award-winning project could not be possible without the hard work, dedication and perseverance for excellence by the team that stands behind it,” said WDBA CEO Bryce Phillips in the statement.