New Detroit River Crossing to be Named ‘The Gordie Howe International Bridge’

Marissa Gawel/WDET

Gov. Rick Snyder, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gordie Howe’s son, Dr. Murray Howe, announced the planned bridge’s new title.

Officials from Canada and Michigan have a name for the new crossing planned between Detroit and Windsor: “The Gordie Howe International Bridge,” after the legendary, former Detroit Red Wings’ hockey player.

Governor Rick Snyder, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and members of Howe’s family joined together to announce the crossing’s new title. Snyder says it was the Prime Minister’s idea to name the bridge after Mr. Hockey.

He thought it’d be a great thing, and it wasn’t a tough decision making process. He said, ‘I think Gordie Howe would be a great name,’ and it’s like, ‘Yeah!’

It’s that straightforward if you really think about it, because who better represents the two countries and the bond between us in terms of being a legend in Detroit in Michigan and in Canada?”

-Gov. Rick Snyder

Snyder says officials are beginning to coordinate construction contracts for the bridge project. He says it is on track to be completed by 2020.

Image credit: Marissa Gawel/WDET

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Marissa Gawel

Associate News Producer

Fan of road trips and roasted vegetables. Currently reports from WDET’s newsroom.   Follow @marissagawel

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