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Final plans for pedestrian bridges on Detroit side of Gordie Howe project announced

Posted at 2:10 PM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 14:10:02-05

(WXYZ) — The team behind the Gordie Howe International Bridge Project announced plans for five new pedestrian bridges on the Michigan side of the bridge.

The bridge designs were chosen after Several months of consultation with the community, and are "both functional and visually-pleasing."

According to officials, the five bridges will be built over I-75 to provide safe access to services within the community. They will be located over I-75 at Solvay St., Beard St., Waterman St., Junction St. and Lansing St.

They will be constructed of pre-cast concrete girders and concrete decks, walls and ramps. The steel arch will hav a medium bronze finish and the railings will be manufactured from metal alloy. They will also have LED features and be ADA compliant.

Over 500 votes were cast during the three-month consultation period.

“This project is good for the Detroit community, our economy, and for the countless people who will use these new pedestrian bridges to get where they need to go," Gov. Whitmer said in a release. "When working on this project, it’s crucial that we put Detroiters’ well-being first, and that’s exactly what we’ve done here today. I’m proud to take part in this announcement and am eager to continue working with these partners on the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.”

“The design of the pedestrian bridges is a result of meaningful consultation with the community and other stakeholders," Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority CEO Bryce Phillips added. "The voices of community members have helped shape the project since early planning days and we will continue to engage and consult as the project progresses through construction and into the operations phase.”