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Officials say Gordie Howe bridge is on track to be built

The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority's public information meeting in Detroit
Virginia Gordan

Construction on the Gordie Howe International Bridge between Detroit and Windsor is expected to begin in the second half of 2018. 

But if you are wondering when you will be able to drive across it, it is still too soon to know.

That's according to Michigan and Canadian public officials who spoke at a public information meeting held in Detroit Wednesday. 

"Although I can't commit today to when the bridge will be open, we will have that information in September of next year," said Heather Grondin, spokesperson for the Windsor -Detroit Bridge Authority.

According to Grondin, the construction schedule is part of the bidding process to select the builder of the bridge, and by September that will be settled. 

Grondin said the Michigan and Canadian governments are 100 percent committed to getting the Gordie Howe International Bridge built. 

"To date, we already have $350 million committed to preparatory activities," said Grondin.

Grondin said property acquisitions and utility relocations needed for the project are on track, and so is the bidding process for selecting the private sector partner to design, build, operate and maintain the bridge.