Residents impressed as Gordie Howe bridge team stages first public open house

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Windsor Star/Dave Battagello

Windsor residents got their first look Tuesday at concrete plans for the Gordie Howe International Bridge and came away impressed.

“I’m very excited,” said Jim Petch, a retiree from Kingsville. “This bridge has certainly had its roadblocks and that’s not going away. But I’m sure this will be built. It’s good for Canada, the economy and for Windsor.”

Petch was among dozens of people who showed up for an open house to view the bridge’s early plans in an event staged at Ambassador Golf Club by the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, the government body formed to oversee construction of the $2.1-billion Detroit River crossing project.

“My primary concern today was to learn more about the U.S. side,” Petch said. “I used to work at Ford in Dearborn for 30 years and went over twice a day. My wife and I still go over a couple of times a week.

“We have a gorgeous new highway (Herb Gray Parkway) in Windsor you can see, touch and feel, but you don’t hear anything about what’s happening on the other side.”

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