Gordie Howe International Bridge construction kicks off with Trudeau visit

  The federal government says a multibillion-dollar construction project to build a link between Detroit and Windsor is officially underway.

Fresh off his government's completion of a trade deal to replace NAFTA, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the home of Canada's busiest border crossing.

Trudeau is spending today in Windsor, where he'll meet with union leaders, tour a vehicle assembly plant and hand out turkeys for Thanksgiving.

The prime minister started his day at the groundbreaking for the Canadian port of entry for the Gordie Howe bridge, a new span over the Detroit River set to open in 2024. The project, which will cost $5.7 billion, will have a lifespan of 125 years.

Trudeau says "we are incredibly proud to support this project.” He calls the bridge "massive" and vitally important.

He adds it's even more important this week, now that Canada has inked a new trade deal.

"Government and business can work together to get things done," says Trudeau.