Motor City Electric Co. and Motor City Electric Utilities performed extensive electrical services for the creation of the Ambassador Gateway . Located on the U.S. side of the Ambassador Bridge to Canada, the Gateway is a key feeder route for international travel. The project included street lighting and traffic signal work along I-96 and I-75 along with freeway entrance and exit ramps.
Working in coordination with the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Detroit Public Lighting Department, MCE and MCEU installed numerous electrical systems and equipment. This included underground and overhead cable, Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) devices, Closed Circuit Television (CCTV), Microwave Vehicle Detection Systems (MVDS), and Dynamic Message Signs (DMS). Installation also included lighting for the Bagley Street Pedestrian Bridge.
Most noteworthy is the staggering volume of materials required for the project. We installed almost 200,000 linear feet of various wire types, over 81,000 feet of PLD lead cable, and more than 10,000 feet of encased conduit. Our splicing and termination specialists made nearly 300 lead cable splices. Our crews installed 77 wood utility poles, 140 light poles and fixtures, and 300 precast electrical structures.