Authority, CEO announced to oversee construction of new Windsor-Detroit bridge
The authorities that will oversee construction of the New International Bridge Crossing has been announced.
At a news conference Wednesday morning, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder appointed six individuals to the International Authority.
Kristine Burr and Geneviève Gagnon are the appointed Canadians, while Michael Hayes, Birgit Klohs and Matt Rizik are the Michigan appointees. Burr will also serve as the chairperson for the authority.
A third Canadian will be selected by the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority at a future day. That authority is responsible for the procurement process for design, construction and maintenance. Raitt also announced the appointment of Michele Cautillo as the CEO of the WDBA.
Money still needs to be acquired from the federal government in the United States for a customs plaza.
On Monday, Detroit's state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr delayed the proposed transfer of 301 properties to the Michigan Land Bank in exchange for $1.4 million from the Canadian Government. The city of Detroit is currently under bankruptcy protection.
The $2-billion Canadian funded NITC is expected to open in 2020.