WDBA had announced last month that the timetable for the public-private partnership (P3) procurement process was being reviewed. Following discussions with the proponents, the decision was taken to extend the request for proposals (RFP) stage of the procurement process by four months. “This extension does not impact our commitment to begin significant construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge in 2018,” said WDBA.

With the extension, WDBA will receive proposals in May 2018 and financial close is planned for September 2018. Prior to this, the preferred proponent will be able to begin preliminary construction activities and site works.

WDBA said that more than US$280 million (CA$350 million) in work is already under way at the Canadian and US project sites. It said it will continue to deliver preparatory activities on both sides of the border throughout the procurement process to enable the private-sector partner to begin construction as quickly as possible in 2018.