Toll of time: A last visit to the Toll Booths

Toll of time: One of the first to cross the International Bridge makes a last visit to the old toll booths

 July 21, 2014 – The year Barb Reiter was 12, she missed Halloween in order to take a special trip up north to Sault Ste. Marie with her truck driver dad. “I was 12 and it was Halloween, so I missed trick-or-treating,” she said. “So you guys owe me some candy.”

Instead, Barb spent the day as she often did, riding along with her dad on his runs to pick
up lumber from Canada and return it to a furniture plant in Muskegon. This trip was one of the most memorable. Instead of crossing the St. Marys River on a ferry, which could take up to two hours including wait time, they had the honor of being in the first commercial vehicle to cross the brand new International Bridge.

First semi toll collected at the newly opened International Bridge.

First semi toll collected at the newly opened International Bridge.

An old photo shows Barb and her father, Carl, paying the toll as they head northbound across the bridge on Oct. 31, 1962. Barb vividly remembers the crowd that greeted her and her dad as they headed back south down I-75 after the ceremonial crossing.


2014 Toll Plaza Time-Lapse Videos

The 27th Annual International Bridge Walk and Bicycle Parade
June 28, 2014


International Bridge Toll Plaza Reconstruction Project
June 4 – June 27, 2014

Time-lapse – Weeks 1 to 3

Bridge Toll Plaza – Construction Progressing Smoothly

International Bridge Toll Plaza Project Construction Progressing Smoothly

June 25, 2014 — The two-year, $8.9 million International Bridge Toll Plaza construction project in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, is still in the early stages but things are proceeding smoothly, according to International Bridge Authority (IBA) officials. (more…)

Bridge Toll Plaza – Easterday Avenue Ramp Closure

Easterday Avenue ramp to northbound I-75 closed beginning Monday, June 9 

June 5, 2014 – Construction crews are scheduled to close the Easterday Avenue ramp to northbound I-75 in Sault Ste. Marie at 8 a.m. Monday, June 9. The ramp is scheduled to reopen by 6 p.m. Friday, June 27.