The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority announced it has awarded a contract to Parsons Inc. for engineering work and technical advice for the Detroit River International Crossing project.

The contract is valued at about $17 million and is one of the largest technical services contracts that the WDBA will issue. It will last up to six years, with significant work to be completed over the next two years.

Parsons will provide a range of professional engineering services to prepare the bridge project for the eventual public-private partnership procurement process.

“This is an important milestone for the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority,” said Mark McQueen, bridge authority chairman. “With the selection of the general engineering consultant, the WDBA is able to move forward in the development of the DRIC/NITC project.”

McQueen says Parsons and their team will work closely with the border inspection agencies, Michigan and Canada as they design and eventually build the new crossing, highway interchange and inspection plazas.

The work includes project management, engineering studies, technical design, utility relocation, and development of the specifications for all components of the crossing project on both sides of the border.

Parsons Inc. has worked on other bridge design projects, including Highway 407 in Toronto, Autoroute 25 in Quebec, and the Port Mann Bridge in British Columbia.

The majority of the team will be working out of the WDBA offices in Windsor. The firm will also be hiring local professional staff to assist with the project.