Gov. Rick Snyder, Justin Trudeau speak at Gordie Howe International Bridge construction event

(WXYZ) - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in Windsor Monday morning at a celebration kicking off the construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge.

Officials estimate the bridge will open in late 2024. 

A 36-year contract for the project includes $2.9 billion ($3.8 billion Canadian) to design and build the bridge, as well as about $1.5 billion ($1.9 billion Canadian) to operate and maintain it during that time.

Currently, the privately owned Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel are the only commuter crossings between the two cities. The Detroit-Windsor gateway is the busiest commercial border crossing in North America.

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