Summary of Community Benefits from the Gordie Howe International Bridge Agreements

  1. Voluntary relocation program for homeowners just outside take area.
  2. Voluntary noise/pollution abatement measures for those immediately north of I-75.
  3. Comprehensive health assessments and long-term emissions monitoring program.
  4. Funded job training programs for Detroiters for bridge-related construction and permanent jobs.
  5. Improve connectivity across I-75, especially at Junction.

Bridging Neighborhoods Program

  • The City of Detroit will use $32 million of the nearly $50 million in community benefits for the Bridging Neighborhoods Program. The program will provide funds and services for the optional relocation of households and optional retrofits of homes in Del Ray and parts of South West Detroit that are most impacted by the Gordie Howe International Bridge.
  • The Bridging Neighborhoods Program will have an office in Southwest Detroit where program staff will meet with residents and assist them through the relocation or retrofitting process. 


Map of optional relocation and retrofit zones

Map of optional relocation and retrofit zones

Health & Safety

Health Impact Assessment

  • A Health Impact Assessment (HIA) conducted by Detroit Health Dept., MDEQ, and a university partner will assess and monitor the health and well-being of residents in the affected bridge area.
  • The Health Impact Assessment will be conducted in at least three phases over the course of at least three separate years:
    • Baseline health and exposure data will be collected during the first year(s) of construction (likely 2018).
    • Additional health and exposure data will be collected the year the GHIB opens and the following year to evaluate health impacts associated with bridge-related activities.
    • Community input will be collected to prioritize remediation options.

Air Quality

  • A permanent, upgraded air-quality monitor— capable of monitoring carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and black carbon—will be installed at the Southwestern High School site.
  • A second permanent monitor will be installed at a site to be identified by the Detroit Health Department, MDEQ, a university partner, and with community input.
  • A mobile emissions-monitoring unit will be purchased to monitor air pollution exposures near schools, churches, and early-learning centers.
  • Indoor air-quality monitors will be purchased to measure the indoor air pollution exposure experienced by residents living within the affected area near the bridge.


  • The Junction Pedestrian Bridge will be built to provide pedestrian crossing over both service drives.
  • Vehicular Bridges will be upgraded at Springwells, Green, Livernois, Clark to add pedestrian and bicycle crossing lanes.


Example of Pedestrian Bridge over Service Drive


Example of Upgraded Bridge Crossing (Springwells)

  • Crosswalk signals and markings provided on I-75 service drives at Beard, Waterman, Solvay, Lansing pedestrian bridges. 8 signals total (4 on north service drive, 4 on south service drive)

  • Multi-Use Path Connections along Campbell and Green will connect GIHB bicycle and pedestrian path to Southwest neighborhood bike and trail network
  • Fort Street and Jefferson Avenue Complete Street Improvements to protect east/west bicycle and pedestrian movements south of I75


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