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Detroit River International Crossing Project. March 31, 2010. International Crossing. New Crossing Six-lane bridge: three Canada-bound, three U.S. bound Linked to new U.S. and Canadian inspection plazas

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international crossing
International Crossing
  • New Crossing
  • Six-lane bridge: three Canada-bound, three U.S. bound
  • Linked to new U.S. and Canadian inspection plazas
  • Includes a main bridge spanning the Detroit River (at 850 m) and approaches to the main bridge constructed on piers and connected to the inspection plazas
  • Two bridge types are being considered:
    • A cable-stayed bridge, or
    • A suspension bridge
  • Capacity to accommodate future travel demand
key dates
Key Dates
  • 2000 – Border Transportation Partnership formed.
  • 2004 – Partnership identified border capacity needs.
  • 2005 – 2009 U.S. and Canadian environmental documents completed.
  • 2009 January – U.S. DOT/FHWA issued approval of the U.S. Final Environmental Impact Statement (Record of Decision, or ROD).
  • 2009 August – Provincial approval received of Canadian Environmental Assessment (EA);
  • 2009 December – Federal approval received of Canadian Environmental Assessment (EA);
  • 2009 - Preliminary Design activities initiated.
  • 2010 - Meet the May 1, 2010, reporting requirement to the Michigan Legislature.
dric governance
DRIC Governance
  • Michigan and Transport Canada are pursuing a Public-Private Partnership to finance and deliver the DRIC
    • Public ownership
    • Private financing, construction, operations, and maintenance
    • Protect the Public Interest
  • Investment Grade Traffic and Revenue Study underway
  • RFPOI issued January 27, 2010
  • Financial Model development underway
  • Legal Services RFP posted February 2, 2010
  • Michigan needs legislative authority to:
    • Enter into a public-private partnership
    • Enter into an agreement with Canada to build DRIC
    • Charge tolls
next steps
Next Steps
  • Meet the May 1, 2010, reporting requirement to the Michigan Legislature.
    • Finalizing Investment Grade Traffic Study
    • Releasing Request for Proposal of Interest
    • Developing Financial Model that will allow the Private Sector to finance the project
  • U.S. Property purchases to begin in 2010.*
  • U.S. Construction to begin in 2010 (mainly for the interchange).*
  • Secure the Presidential Permit in U.S.—2010.
  • Secure Required Michigan Legislation in 2010 to:
    • Form a Public Private Partnership (P3)
    • Allow us to enter into an agreement with Canada
    • Allow tolling on the new crossing
  • Form the PPP for the Bridge, possibly Plazas—2010.*
  • Secure Additional State/Federal Funding--Continuous.
  • Business case completed – 2010
  • Legal Advisory

* Subject to Michigan legislative approval and funding

fy 2010 budget boilerplate language
FY 2010 Budget Boilerplate Language
  • Sec. 384.

(1) The department may continue with preliminary legal, financial, traffic and revenue study, permitting, engineering, and other ancillary work for the Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) so that it can solicit from the private sector requests for proposals for public-private partnerships to construct the bridge, plaza, and related infrastructure. The department shall submit proposals to the legislature by May 1, 2010. Those activities associated with the DRIC project shall not bind the state in any way to construction.

(2) The department shall submit an investment grade traffic study to the legislature by May 1, 2010 from a reputable traffic company with appropriate experience intended to provide a detailed traffic projection for the ensuing 10 years, taking into account projected infrastructure modifications, expansions, and improvements announced.

(3) The department shall not expend more than $2,500,000.00 from state transportation revenue sources for activities enumerated in this section. 254

(4) It is the intent of the legislature to fully adopt or reject authorizing legislation by the full legislative bodies by June 1, 2010 to do all of the following:

(a) Construct a new international crossing jointly and in agreement with Canada.

(b) Create an authorized tolling authority.

(c) Create a public-private partnership.