Client: Detroit International Bridge Company (DIBC)
Location: Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario
Construction Value: $450 million
Completion Date: Ongoing
Prepared environmental documents for the construction of a new bridge crossing adjacent to the Ambassador Bridge. The six-lane facility is entirely elevated and extends over 6,000 feet (1828.8 m) connecting to the existing customs plazas in each country. American prepared an Environmental Assessment under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and an Environmental Impact Statement under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA). The United States Coast Guard issued a draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the project and final approval is expected in 2013. Studies included an ecological assessment, traffic noise study, air quality assessment, peregrine falcon management plan, Section 106 assessment for the existing bridge, and contamination assessment. American attended numerous public meetings and developed materials and presentations for the meetings on behalf of DIBC. Preliminary design plans and artistic renderings of the proposed bridge were created, including a fly-through. Permits were obtained from the MDEQ and a bridge permit from the USCG will be obtained once the Final FONSI is approved.