Michigan DOT say they expect to have a law in place for a P3 concession to build a new international toll bridge over the Detroit River before the end of the year. HB4961 is the bill. The Canadians already have the legal framework for a toll concession.
Michigan DOT envisage a "partnership" with Transport Canada, the national DOT with defined roles for other stakeholders such as FHWA, Ministry Transportation Ontario and border services agencies.
Michigan DOT has released traffic projections for the proposed new international bridge over the Detroit River, for which it recently issued a request for proposals of interest in a PPP. Major finding of the traffic study led by Wilbur Smith Associates is that the recent dramatic declines in traffic on the crossings justify a 2035 projection about ten percent lower than before.
The Government of Canada today announced it had bought 38 hectares (94 acres) of land needed for the new toll bridge on the Detroit River that is to be built under a toll concession administered by the governments of the US, Canada, Michigan and Ontario. The bridge so far known by the bland name Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) has obtained most of the needed environmental clearances and should go out to concession in 2010 for completion 2014.
Detroit's battle of the bridges took a new turn today with the US Government putting on hold the permitting of a new Ambassador bridge between Detroit and Windsor.
A new Detroit Windsor toll bridge has got its final permits from the US Government, marking a further important step toward improving connectivity in the most important US-Canadian trade route. The new bridge planned about two miles (3.2km) downstream of the Ambassador Bridge including some 15km (9 miles) of road would provide a high quality direct connection between I-75 in Michigan and H401 in Ontario.
Port Authority New York New Jersey (PANYNJ) aka the Seagull has released renderings of a cable stayed design for a new Goethals Bridge. They show an edgy aesthetic of outwardly leaning upwardly bulging towers linked at the top with a sculpted crosspiece, the frames rising between separate roadway decks. There's an empty space in the middle - symbolic?
A splendid new Pennsylvania Turnpike bridge over the Susquehanna River is due to open tomorrow - at least the upstream westbound side of a twin bridge facility. When the new eastbound bridge is also brought into service in the summer there will be 6 travel lanes plus breakdown shoulders and a higher run over a more elegant bridge than before.