Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2021
Governor Whitmer Releases Statement Of Support for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today expressed her appreciation for a joint statement of support for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project issued by the U.S. and Canada
"This full-throated support of this vital bridge comes as President Biden and Congress continue to make progress on bipartisan and significant investment in transportation and other infrastructure," Gov. Whitmer said. "The ongoing construction of this bridge has created jobs on both sides of the border, and will continue to spur economic development for many years to come. This bridge also affirms Michigan's ongoing partnership with Canada, the top purchaser of U.S. goods among countries."
Michigan Department of Transportation Director Paul C. Ajegba also praised the endorsement by the two countries.
"Working closely with the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority and Bridging North America, MDOT engineers are making tremendous progress on what will be another iconic transportation structure," Ajegba said. "Building such an important bridge is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we grateful to our trusted friends in Canada for this unprecedented collaboration."
The joint statement:
U.S. - Canada Joint Statement on Gordie Howe International Bridge
As the importance of infrastructure becomes clearer and clearer, our two countries have long been partnering on a once-in-a generation project of critical importance: the Gordie Howe International Bridge. By creating the first seamless highway-to-highway connection between Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan - the location of one of North America's busiest trade corridors - this new crossing, currently under construction, will for decades serve to secure and spur bi-national economic growth. Canada is financing the project, and is working hand-in-hand with the State of Michigan (also co-owner of the Bridge), the Federal Highway Administration, a private-sector partner, and many other partners towards a scheduled completion by the end of 2024. As a top infrastructure priority for both our governments, we're committed to continuing our support to ensure the project's state-of-the-art ports of entry are fully funded so vehicles can begin crossing the architecturally stunning cable-stayed structure once completed for the benefit of our shared prosperity.