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Old Posted Jul 17, 2018, 9:33 PM
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That's very true the Mackinac Bridge dominates the straits area as you come up 75 from the LP but then again the Mighty Mac is still the 3rd longest suspension bridge in the world and the longest in the western hemisphere, with the main span being near a mile and the total length of 26,372 feet or about 5 miles. The Gordie Howe will be taller with a much shorter length so the effect will definitely be dramatic although it will have more competition in an urban environment with two structures of similar height.


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Gordie Howe bridge construction moves forward with groundbreaking in Detroit

By KURT NAGL
Crain's Detroit Business
July 17, 2018

-Gov. Rick Snyder and Canadian officials among those at event in Delray area
-$4 billion bridge construction expected to be complete by 2022 or 2023
-Project still faces potential barriers by Moroun family

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After years of legal disputes and uncertainty, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and other local, federal and Canadian officials claimed victory in the battle to build a new span over the Detroit River.

The dignitaries symbolically broke ground Tuesday morning on the Gordie Howe International Bridge in the Delray area of Detroit, where neighborhoods have been dismantled and parcels of land cleared for the bridge's stateside international port of entry.

A similar groundbreaking is planned for the fall in Windsor, where the Canadian government has spent millions of dollars reworking roadways to connect with its future port of entry.

"This is an exciting day for Detroit, Windsor, Michigan, Ontario, the United States and Canada. After more than 7 years of hard work, today we broke ground on what will be a thriving legacy named for a legend," Snyder said in prepared remarks. "Gordie Howe represented the best of Canada and the United States. And, thanks to the hard work of many people on both sides of the border, now this bridge to the future will represent our prosperous partnership for generations to come."

While prep work has been ongoing on both sides, Tuesday's event marks the next step for the project. The bridge is expected to cost nearly $4 billion to construct and be complete by 2022 or 2023. Officials say they expect full construction to begin after financing closes in the fall. If all goes according to plan, the landmark project will result in the largest cable-stayed bridge in North America, with towers rivaling the height of the Renaissance Center.
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article...undbreaking-in
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