Gov. Snyder in Detroit for Gordie Howe International Bridge Groundbreaking Ceremony

Governor Rick Snyder was in the Motor City Tuesday, taking part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Gordie Howe International Bridge connecting Detroit with Windsor, Ontario. 

Governor Snyder was joined by Canada’s minister of infrastructure and communities, along with the U.S. ambassador to Canada and several other officials.

After the ceremony, the director of Michigan’s Talent and Economic Development Department issued a statement touting the project and the impact it will have on Michigan saying, “The construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge will create thousands of good-paying jobs for Michiganders. From the engineers who design the bridge to the construction workers that will bring the designs to life, Michigan workers will play a key role in building this iconic structure that will long be a symbol of the state’s comeback.”

A final contract is expected to be signed later this year to begin the process of building the bridge over the Detroit River.

It’s scheduled to be complete by 2020.

Canada is financing the project, though it’s not clear how much it will cost.