Ambassador Bridge Rehabilitation
Overview

The Ambassador Bridge is not only impressive to the eye, it’s essential to the economy of two countries. More than 25% of all commerce between the U.S. and Canada crosses this majestic long-span connection, making it the single busiest international land border crossing in North America, according to the FHWA. To ensure the bridge’s safe, continued use, the bridge’s owner needed to assess the effect of decades of heavy use, a task complicated by the fact no load rating had been done since its completion in 1929. The owner, Detroit International Bridge Company (DIBC), became convinced Modjeski and Masters (M&M) was the right bridge engineering firm for the job. Not only for our firsthand knowledge of the Ambassador Bridge’s structure –– we oversaw the original design and construction – but because we presented a concise, carefully considered plan of action.

M&M completed the task in several phases, beginning with the much needed load rating. This resulted in additional contracts for structural steel repairs, replacement of suspender ropes and the main span deck, and a main cable inspection. DIBC now considers M&M an invaluable partner in the life-cycle of the Ambassador Bridge, relying on our expertise for additional bridge inspections, testing, and needs assessment. And we have the skills necessary to work in synergy with communications specialists to reassure the public their safety is the highest priority.

Bridge Geometry
Length of Main Span 1,850 Feet
Total Project Length 7,500 Feet
Lanes on Structure Four lanes

"...the Detroit International Bridge Company performs ongoing maintenance and repairs identified during thorough annual inspections performed by a world-class, third-party bridge engineering company. The Engineers - Modjeski and Masters, Inc. of Harrisburg, PA - perform these inspections following the National Bridge Inspection Standards of the Federal Highway Administration..."

- Detroit International Bridge Company Website