Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority Eyes Changes to Capital Projects

Fast facts:

- Some capital projects at the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge are being rescheduled in an effort to take advantage of new technology and save money.
– The Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority (SSMBA) board of directors received updates on planned bridge maintenance projects at its meeting Thursday.
– The SSMBA board welcomed new Canadian board members Micheline Dubé and Anthony Pickett.

August 19, 2016 — Capital projects at the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge are being rescheduled in an effort take advantage of new technology and to save money.

The Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority (SSMBA) board, the bi-national body supervising operations of the International Bridge, had its quarterly meeting Thursday. The board received updates on bridge maintenance projects, which had been scheduled to begin this year.

Painting of the bridge’s Canadian arch was slated for 2016. IBA officials are investigating promising new alternative coatings for use in future major painting projects and the bridge’s own maintenance painting efforts. A test of a new coating system will be completed this year on several spans on the south side of the bridge.

“The Canadian arch painting project will be re‐tendered for 2017 due to higher-than-expected bids, allowing us time to evaluate cost-effective paint system alternatives,” said Peter Petainen, general manager at the International Bridge Administration (IBA).”We are delaying several capital projects and looking for more cost-effective ways to complete these projects with our own staff.” (more…)

Bridge Plaza Entrance Closure Extended to Thursday July 7

This planned closure has been extended to approximately noon on Thursday July 7th due to today’s rain.

Avery Construction has advised that the Huron Street entrance to the International Bridge and Duty Free Building is closed for an extended period beyond the initial planned 12 hours. The purpose of this closure is to facilitate the final lift of asphalt on the outbound lane as part of Stage 1 of the Bridge Plaza Modernization Project.

Access to the International Bridge for all traffic will be maintained off the Carmen’s Way entrance. The Duty Free Store remains open throughout this phase of construction.

Avery Construction would like to thank motorists in advance for their patience and co-operation and we apologize for any inconvenience that this closure may cause.

Bridge Plaza Entrance Closure & Detour Wednesday July 6

Avery Construction is advising the public that the Huron Street entrance to the International Bridge and Duty Free Building will be closed beginning at 7:00am Wednesday, July 6th for a period of 12 hours. The purpose of this closure is to facilitate the final lift of asphalt on the outbound lane as part of Stage 1 of the Bridge Plaza Modernization Project.

Access to the International Bridge for all traffic will be maintained off the Carmen’s Way entrance. The Duty Free Store will remain open throughout this phase of construction.

Avery Construction would like to thank motorists in advance for their patience and co-operation and we apologize for any inconvenience that this closure may cause.

Birds and bridges: Falcons banded at two Upper Peninsula Sites

Fast facts:

  • A pair of peregrine falcons has successfully nested on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge again this year after completion of a major bridge repair project.
  • Another pair of the endangered falcons successfully nested on the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge, where the birds have been returning for years.
  • The DNR banded four chicks at the Portage Lake Lift Bridge and three at the International Bridge.

June 28, 2016 – It’s been a good season for Upper Peninsula bridges and their resident raptors, with peregrine falcons at the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge successfully hatching three chicks and the Portage Lake Lift Bridge between Houghton and Hancock seeing four hatchlings this spring.

At the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) installed two nest boxes in 2012 – one each on the north and south bridge towers. A pair of falcons discovered the nesting site the next spring and has raised a total of 10 chicks there. (more…)

30th Annual International Bridge Walk – June 25, 2016