Skip to comments.Howe Bridge construction heats up
Posted on 07/07/2019 4:48:57 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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.
Crane 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.
About 40 Michigan-based companies are under contract on the bridge project working everything from earth-moving and fence installation to supplying tools, portable toilets and project vehicles, according to Bridging North America.
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At least he finally sold the Michigan Central RR Building to someone who will do something with it.
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