The Cross-Border Institute at the University of Windsor, in partnership with Michigan State University’s Canadian Studies Center, will undertake an economic impact and opportunities study of the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.

The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority made the announcement Wednesday afternoon. The study is valued at $1 million.

Both universities offer specific expertise in economic impact analysis and supply chain/logistics. The CBI also offers strong analytical capabilities through its traffic lab.

“The University’s Cross-Border Institute has the expertise and deep knowledge of border issues and supply chains to make an important contribution to the study,” says U of W president Alan Wildeman. “The new crossing will have a tremendous impact on both sides of the border, and the study will go a long way to ensuring all economic benefits are identified.”

The study will be conducted in three phases and will identify and quantify the economic benefits arising from the construction of the new bridge as well as the opportunities for economic development that are created once the new crossing is in service.

WDBA is committed to the region’s economic success and is working with businesses, educational institutions and community groups to help them realize regional economic and community development opportunities.

“This study will identify ways in which the Gordie Howe International Bridge can increase the economic benefits and opportunities on both sides of the border,” says Michael Cautillo, WDBA president and CEO.