(WINDSOR, ON) – The CEO of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, Michael Cautillo, has been removed from his position at the body tasked with overseeing the construction of the Gordie Howe Bridge. Sources report that Cautillo was informed of his removal by authority chairman Dwight Duncan.
Cautillo, a Toronto civil engineer, was an appointment of the federal government in July 2014. His ouster is just the latest surprise surrounding the whole Detroit River crossing saga.
Last week, Transport Minister Marc Garneau issued a permit for the Canadian Transport Company to commence building a competing bridge, upstream from the proposed Howe site. Earlier, the WDBA’s RFP process became stalled for an estimated six months.
The delay will put back construction completion from 2020 to 2023. Reports suggest that the snails pace of the bidding stage may have led to Cautillo’s removal. However, the joint Canada-Michigan International Authority was established to oversee and approve the steps in the P3 procurement process. Cautillo was not a member of the International Authority.
According to the WDBA website, Duncan, Marie Campagna, André Juneau, and Craig S Rix are the remaining members of the WDBA board.