Prox Card reader installed on Northbound Tolls

Prox Card readers installed on northbound toll booths at Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge

December 12, 2014 – Installation of “Prox” toll card readers on the new northbound booths is being finished as part of the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge Toll Plaza Reconstruction project.

IMG_6138“Our customers really like the convenience of the card readers and automated lanes,” said Peter Petainen , International Bridge Administration (IBA) chief financial officer. “Despite delays due to weather, we are pleased to report the first reader and automated gate will be operational on Monday, Dec. 15.”

The outside northbound lane to Canada will be opened to Prox customers beginning Monday, (more…)

Toll Plaza Update & Photo Gallery – Weeks 19-20

Two new toll booths for the Bridge Authority toll plaza reconstruction project are installed and running.  The last of the original booths are now completely removed.

The northbound (outside) toll lane is currently restricted to cars only, and will function only as needed.  On Tuesday November 28th, the lane will become fully accessible for all traffic. The temporary restriction allowed for placement of the last of the concrete needed to connect the new booth lanes to the new concrete road, just north of the toll plaza.

Next week, customers will also see permanent Prox reader and gate installations begin in our northbound lanes.

To see the plaza changes over the last two weeks, please select the link below to view the most recent construction photos:

Thank you for your patience, and please watch our traffic cameras during construction to stay current with traffic flow on the bridge, and through the toll plaza.

Ribbon Cut on New International Bridge Toll Lanes

October 20, 2014 — Two of the six planned new toll booths at the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge were open for business this morning. Toll attendants cut a ceremonial ribbon opening three toll lanes as the toll plaza project moves forward.

Toll attendants at the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge are all smiles as they collectively snip the  ceremonial ribbon officially opening the first three new toll lanes for the ongoing toll plaza project. The International  Bridge Administration's goal is to have all six new toll booths serving seven toll lanes completed and usable by the  end of the year.

Toll attendants at the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge are all smiles as they collectively snip the ceremonial ribbon officially opening the first three new toll lanes for the ongoing toll plaza project. The International Bridge Administration’s goal is to have all six new toll booths serving seven toll lanes completed and usable by the end of the year.

The $8.9 million project is funded from International Bridge Administration (IBA) toll
revenue reserves. The IBA’s goal is to have all six toll booths serving seven toll lanes installed and in use by the end of the year. The entire project will be completed in October 2015.

For more information, visit the IBA website at www.michigan.gov/iba or
www.saultbridge.com.

Portion of new toll plaza to be opened at Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge

October 17, 2014 – Two of the six planned new toll booths at the International Bridge are in place and will be open for toll collection from three new lanes beginning as early as 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20.IMG_5564

“The pavement, utility tunnel, and toll booths on the eastern portion of the toll plaza will be completed on schedule and we can begin toll collection from two booths to serve three lanes,” said project manager Karl Hansen.

Early in the week, the two new northbound toll lanes will open and process traffic as the last temporary northbound toll booth and lane are removed. By midweek, (more…)

Toll Plaza Photo Gallery – Weeks 15-18

The Bridge Authority’s plaza reconstruction project is on schedule, and new toll booths are on track for installation in the second full week in October.  Our northbound toll lanes are temporarily reduced to one lane for the next 2 weeks to allow for curing of the new concrete lanes, before they can be reopened to traffic.

Please select the link below to view the construction photos from that week:

Thank you for your patience, and please watch our traffic cameras during construction to stay current with traffic flow on the bridge, and through the toll plaza.