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Old Posted Jul 9, 2019, 7:14 PM
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Howe Bridge construction heats up

The small industrial buildings and blighted homes that once dotted the landscape of Detroit's Delray neighborhood are gone for good as demolition and site-cleaning work for the Gordie Howe International Bridge is in full swing this summer.

The long-anticipated bridge construction project is starting to take shape on the Michigan side of the Detroit River, as cranes have been working along the riverfront in recent weeks.

The cranes were drilling test shafts into the ground that will determine the final design of the new span and its towers rivaling Detroit's 73-story Renaissance Center, said Aaron Epstein, CEO of Bridging North America, the consortium of international infrastructure companies that is building the bridge.

Excavators are tearing up what's left of concrete foundations from one-time businesses in Delray that were uprooted through condemnation proceedings to acquire the 167 acres needed for the U.S. Port of Entry customs of plaza that will connect the new bridge to I-75. Some 255 buildings have been demolished in Detroit to make way for the new international crossing.

rane operators and construction companies are currently working to shore up the seawall along the Detroit River between Lafarge North America's riverfront aggregates plant and McCoig Concrete's plant where the new bridge will make landfall on the Michigan side.

On Springwells Court, an acre lot of modular office trailers totaling 28,000-square-feet has been installed to house the dozens of field engineers and support staff who will work on the construction project over the course of the next five years, Epstein said.

https://www.crainsdetroit.com/constr...truction-heats
Project area as of June:

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Week of July 8, 2019
Construction Activities

US POE
Clearing is almost complete. DTE will decommission the remaining poles this week. Grubbing is ongoing and will be followed by site grading. Demolition of sidewalks has started, and a temporary detention basin was built. Assembly of site offices will be complete by mid-July.

US Bridge

BNA and their deep foundation subcontractor, Malcolm Drilling, successfully completed the O-cell test on July 3. This test comprises of four massive hydraulic jacks at the very bottom of the test shaft to measure the load resistance of the bedrock. Upon completion of this test, BNA designers will finalize the tower foundation so that work can commence later this summer.

CAN POE
Crews will continue to install erosion and sediment controls as necessary, establish construction entrances/exits, and prepare for wick drain installation for end of July and surcharging/earth works to start after that.

CAN BRIDGE
Integrity testing and bidirectional test will be performed next week. Installation of the anchor blocks for the seawall solution will commence after
next week.

https://www.gordiehoweinternationalb...n/construction