September 21, 2017 -- Amy Winn-VanHoeck has been appointed the new administrator for the Blue Water Bridge (BWB) in Port Huron by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).
Winn-VanHoeck, 42, began her post as the BWB administrator on July 31, following 20 years of service for the Michigan Department of State (MDOS). She most recently served as the MDOS Metro Division director, where she oversaw the daily operations of the Metro Division, providing service to the public at 58 branch offices and four district office within a 20-county geographical territory.
Winn-VanHoeck brings more than nine years of managerial experience to MDOT, including planning, developing, and evaluating programs to improve performance for more than 500 state employees under her supervision. "Through her leadership, innovations have been implemented to improve services and facility management at MDOS," said MDOT Chief Operations Officer Mark Van Port Fleet. Winn-VanHoeck plans to use that experience to help improve the customer experience at the BWB, a crossing that sees on average more than 400,000 customers a month.
Winn-VanHoeck will also strive to continue improving and streamlining the relationship with BWB partner, Canada's Federal Bridge Corp. Limited (FBCL). This includes the addition of new software to improve toll operations at both spans of the crossing. The BWB recently underwent an $11.8 million maintenance project that included high-durability painting to remove existing corrosion, preserving the life of the bridge. Additional work will be completed in coming years, including painting the remaining span of the bridge, and the replacement of the westbound I-94/I-69 exit ramp, currently slated for summer 2018.
"I am truly excited for the opportunity to provide leadership and guidance at the Blue Water Bridge," Winn-VanHoeck said. "My goal is to build successful working relationships with all stakeholders and continue to use technology and innovation to provide safe and efficient international travel. I want the beauty of the Blue Water Bridge to be a showcase for the city of Port Huron, St. Clair County, and the state of Michigan."
Winn-VanHoeck, a native of St. Clair County, grew up in Berlin Township. She earned a Bachelor of Science in legal/business administration from the University of Detroit-Mercy. Upon graduation, she began her career with MDOS, serving for more than 20 years before joining MDOT this summer. Winn-VanHoeck and her husband Christopher reside in Armada with their two young children Kaleb and Addison. She currently fills any spare time with her family's activities, including sports schedules, co-chairing fundraising efforts for the Armada Baseball Association, and serving as secretary for the Armada Education Foundation.
The BWB is a joint owned international crossing, providing access between Michigan's Port Huron and Canada's Point Edward, and Sarnia. The U.S. (MDOT), Canada's FBCL, and their respective border crossing agencies employ residents of both the U.S. and Canada.