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Roadway reopens after section collapses near Gordie Howe Bridge project work in Detroit

A 30-metre section of roadway has reopened after it collapsed where work involving the Gordie Howe International Bridge project was taking place.

Fort Street between Livernois Avenue and Campbell Street is now open

An artist's rendering shows what the Gordie Howe Bridge will look like when finished. A section of roadway on the Detroit side of the project has reopened after collapsing near where work is underway. (Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority)

A 30-metre section of roadway has reopened after it collapsed where work involving the Gordie Howe International Bridge project was taking place.

The construction consortium building the bridge, Bridging North America, said in a statement Thursday that Fort Street between Livernois Avenue and Campbell Street has reopened. 

The section involved was located on West Fort Street at Cavalry Street, not directly on the site where the bridge is being constructed, but closer to the work underway on the Michigan Interchange.

Heather Grondin, vice-president of corporate affairs and external relations for the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, said Bridging North America had been conducting sheet piling in the area nearby.

No workers were on site when the collapse happened and no one was injured. 

The road was closed on June 5, and the company had launched an investigation to identify what had happened. On Thursday, the company said the investigation is ongoing. 

Bridging North America said it will continue to monitor the area and won't conduct work within about 30 metres of the area until further notice. It said there is no danger to the community at this time. 

The $5.7-billion Gordie Howe Bridge, which connects Windsor and Detroit, is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.

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