Pedestrian bridges planned as part of international span

January 9, 2020 GMT

DETROIT (AP) — A design has been selected for five pedestrian bridges that will traverse a Detroit freeway as part of an international bridge project that will connect the city to Windsor, Ontario, Canada, officials announced Thursday.

The spans over Interstate 75 in southwest Detroit will be part of interchange work being completed for the Gordie Howe International Bridge.

The design features a curved steel arch and the pedestrian bridges will be constructed of pre-cast concrete. They are expected to improve access to neighborhoods, businesses, health care and other services on both sides of the freeway. Work is expected to be done between this year and 2024.

“This project is good for the Detroit community, our economy, and for the countless people who will use these new pedestrian bridges to get where they need to go,” Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said.

The $4.4 billion ($5.7 billion Canadian) six-lane, cable-stayed international bridge over the Detroit River is expected to open in late 2024.