On Tuesday, the groundbreaking for the Gordie Howe International Bridge took place in Detroit, Michigan. When completed, the bridge will offer the second path for U.S. and Canadian companies to ship goods across the border.
Automotive News reported on Tuesday the bridge is expected to have massive effects on the two countries’ trade, especially for automakers. The current Ambassador Bridge sees 2.5 million trucks cross annually with $106.5 billion in bilateral trade. Auto parts are among one of the major components shipped between Michigan and Canada and the new bridge is expected to speed up part deliveries.
The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, which will oversee construction, said the new bridge will create thousands of new jobs in both countries.
When finished in 2022 or 2023, the bridge will become North America’s largest cable-stayed bridge. The towers will soar to heights similar to the General Motors Renaissance Center headquarters.
Though the bridge is seen as a potential boon by most, the private owners of the 90-year-old Ambassador bridge, the Moroun family, have worked to block the construction and retain their control over U.S. and Canadian trade. The Morouns have also begun running a television ad to appeal to President Trump in an effort to revoke the construction. The president placed steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada earlier this year and the country has since retaliated.