Sandwich post office to become storefront for Gordie Howe bridge project
Thursday, January 17, 2019
The Windsor Star/Dave Battagello
The historic post office in Sandwich is going to be occupied by a taste of the future as it will soon become a storefront for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.
Starting in March, residents will be able to drop in during business hours to ask questions, see design drawings or even register construction complaints with employees of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, which is overseeing construction of the project.
“We will be renting the former restaurant retail space on the first floor of the post office,” said Mark Butler, spokesman for WDBA. “It’s another way for us to engage with the community. “People will be able to meet with somebody and engage with any information they are looking for on the project.
“Some people just want to take a look at the visuals and see what the bridge will look like. We heard from the community we should provide an office in the community and, in recognition of that, we are doing it.”
Opening inside the post office is just one step for the bridge authority and the bridge project’s contractor, Bridging North America, to better engage with the community, Butler said.
The bridge authority has also opened up a toll-free phone number at 1-844-322-1773 for residents to call for information. It will be staffed from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., with after hours calls being returned the next day.
Now that construction has started, the bridge authority has also launched a new website at GordieHoweInternationalBridge.com. The site will be updated on a regular basis with news, construction activity updates, event information and images from the project.
Along with its presence inside the Sandwich post office, the WDBA is opening a similar storefront office in southwest Detroit — renting space at 7744 West Vernor Hwy.
“Implementing these resources for the community and the project team to interact is an important step in having an active presence within the host communities of Delray and Sandwich,” said Bryce Phillips, the bridge authority’s CEO.