Detroit-Windsor — A new bridge that is being built to alleviate congestion along the Ambassador Bridge and Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, will be named after hockey legend, Gordie Howe.
The bridge, which is expected to be complete in 2020, will be named The Gordie Howe International Bridge. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement in Windsor.
The 87-year-old Howe, known as “Mr. Hockey,” was born in Floral, Saskatchewan, and led the Detroit Red Wings to four Stanley Cup championships. Snyder said naming the $2.1 billion project after Howe was an easy, mutual decision.
“If you really think about it, who better represents the two countries and the bond between us in terms of being a legend in Detroit and Michigan and in Canada?” the governor said.
“The Gordie Howe International Crossing will be a game changer for Michigan’s ability to trade on an international level,” Snyder said. “Naming the bridge in honor of one of the most beloved public figures in Michigan and Canada reaffirms the impact this project will have for both countries.”
Harper said Howe was a proud Canadian who built goodwill between the countries, and he hoped the bridge would “continue this proud legacy.”
His son, Murray Howe, said his father was pleased when told of the naming decision. “‘That sounds pretty good to me,'” he quoted his father as saying.
The current Ambassador Bridge is too narrow for large vehicles such as tractor trailers, which is the reason for the new bridge. However, owners of the Ambassador Bridge are opposing the new plan and are now pushing to add a span to their current bridge.