The Gordie Howe International Bridge between the USA and Canada has reached another construction milestone as crews remove falsework bents from the back span of the road deck.

Now that 98 of the bridge’s 216 stay cables are in place, the bents supporting the backspans can be safely removed.

The contractors took down nine bents from the Canada side of the Detroit River and nine from the USA side. The bents were held in place by concrete bases filled with sand. Removal involves blowing the sand out of the bases with pressured air.

The project, which is worth US$4.8 billion, is a public-private partnership between the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority and Bridging North America.

The completion date for Gordie Howe was recently put forward to September 2025 (link opens in new tab).