Fluor, ACS Infrastructure Canada and Aecon Group Inc., led the development phase of the project and will hold the prime contract. This is the second Fluor and ACS partnership project in the Windsor-Detroit area. Fluor and ACS recently delivered, and are currently maintaining, the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway in Windsor, Ontario, that will connect to the Gordie Howe International Bridge.
The scope also includes building new, state-of-the-art ports of entry on both the U.S. and Canadian sides of the Detroit River as well as improvements to existing infrastructure in both Michigan and Ontario. Early works started in the summer 2018, and financial close was reached on September 28, 2018. The project broke ground on July 17, 2018 in Detroit for early works and held a construction start event on October 5, 2018 at the future Canadian port of entry.
In November 2019, Bridging North America won gold for Project Financing in the 2019 National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships. The award was presented by the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships at its 27th annual conference in Toronto.
In 2021, the project received the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Envision® Platinum Award for delivering exceptional improvements in the social, economic and environmental conditions of the community. In addition, the project was recognized by P3 Bulletin with a gold award under the Environmental, Social and Governance of the Year category at the 2020 Public-Private Partnership (P3) Awards.