John Gallagher Detroit Free Press Published 10:00 p.m. UTC Jul 15, 2018 Michigan and Canadian officials will turn the first shovels of dirt Tuesday for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project and, perhaps more important, send a signal to any and all doubters. That signal will proclaim that work on the Gordie Howe Bridge is underway and now is unstoppable, no matter what the Moroun family and its political allies say or do. The ceremony Tuesday morning in Detroit's Delray district will feature Gov. Rick Snyder and civic leaders from both sides of the Detroit River. A similar groundbreaking event will take place in the fall in Windsor. Over the next few months, crews will explore the Delray site to install bridge pilings and otherwise prepare the location for full-scale construction to begin later this year. U.S. and Canadian advocates of the Gordie Howe project believe that once the public sees construction actually underway that any lingering doubts will evaporate … [Read more...] about Gordie Howe Bridge groundbreaking message: No stopping this bridge now
John Gallagher Detroit Free Press Published 9:12 p.m. UTC Jul 5, 2018 The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority named Bridging North America on Thursday as the team that will build the new Gordie Howe International Bridge. The consortium of companies that makes up Bridging North America will build a cable-stayed design with the longest main span in North America, at 853 meters (about 933 yards), and with towers rivaling the height of the Renaissance Center in Detroit. The bridge also will have a 125-year designed life-span and bike lanes along the side facing downtown Detroit. Tom Middlebrook, an executive with the consortium, said the cable-stayed design was chosen because it is more cost-efficient than the more traditional suspension design seen in the Ambassador Bridge. Bridging North America consists of nine prime member firms that will work with dozens of subcontractors on the span between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. The Canadian, U.S., … [Read more...] about Bridging North America chosen to build the Gordie Howe bridge
After a lot of hemming and hawing leading up to the draft about possible trades and moves for "hotter" names, it ultimately came down to the local kid. With the No. 10 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Sixers went with Villanova's Mikal Bridges, a player they'd been connected to long before the draft process began in earnest.It may not be the highest upside or the sexiest pick in the world, but Bridges slots right into what the Sixers want to do. Standing 6'7" with a wingspan over 7' long, Bridges is long, springy athlete who will give Brett Brown another wing to beef up his defense. A three-headed monster of Bridges, Robert Covington, and Ben Simmons guarding the 2-4 spots is as good as it gets, with switchability and athleticism all over the place.At his best, Bridges will flash lockdown on-ball defense that combines the necessary physical tools with a keen awareness of where the physicality line is. Even while dealing with whistle-happy referees at the college level, he was able to … [Read more...] about 2018 NBA Draft: Sixers draft Mikal Bridges with No. 10 pick
First up on the list: the aforementioned Bridges, who played his college ball just down the road at Villanova. When he arrived on the NCAA scene in 2015-16 following a redshirt season, Bridges was an exceptional role player who still had a lot of work to do to look the part of a surefire NBA prospect on offense. He was more a bundle of energy and tools than anything during Villanova's first championship run, a bench figure on a team loaded with upperclassmen and well-rounded players. A lot has changed since 2016, and the most important progression for Bridges' NBA hopes has come in the three-point department. He was not much of a shooter in either volume or accuracy during his first season with Jay Wright, but over the course of the two seasons since he has turned himself into a high-volume marksman from beyond the arc. Season 3PA/G 3P% 2015-16 1.9 (77 total) 29.9 2016-17 3.1 (112 total) 39.3 2017-18 6.0 (239 … [Read more...] about Sixers Prospect Preview: Does Mikal Bridges do enough to justify top-10 selection?
Britain may be planning to leave the European Union in 2019, but Europe isn’t going anywhere.The island nation will still need to work closely with its mainland neighbours, and foreign secretary Boris Johnson has a novel plan on how to encourage that: A giant bridge from England to France. The Daily Telegraph is reporting that at this weeks UK-France summit, the Conservative minister discussed with French officials the possibility of a bridge across the English Channel, linking the United Kingdom and its southern neighbour. Johnson has also reportedly talked about the subject with aides, criticising the fact that the single Channel tunnel railway is currently the only land link between the UK and France. “We are two of the world’s greatest economies linked by a single railway,” he said. “It’s ridiculous.” To be clear: This appears to just be an idea at this stage, rather than a formal proposal. And according to The Daily Telegraph, Johnson … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson wants to build a giant bridge from England to France