- The Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority (SSMBA) board of directors named their new board room in honor of longtime board member and past chairman James McIntyre.
– The board held its second meeting today in the board room of the new International Bridge administration building.
– The annual and fracture critical bridge inspections found ongoing maintenance is keeping the bridge in good condition.
– The board received updates on two planned bridge maintenance projects.
February 11, 2016 – The Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority (SSMBA) board has named the board room at the new International Bridge administration building in honor of the late James L. McIntyre.
The bi-national body, which supervises operations of the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge, adopted a resolution naming the board room after McIntyre and made plans to unveil a commemorative plaque in the room at its May meeting.
“Jim’s unparalleled commitment as a volunteer to the bridge for a period of 55 years established a legacy of outstanding service to the binational governance of the bridge,” the resolution said. “A legacy of service that will never be surpassed.”
McIntyre, who died in February 2015, first became involved with the bridge during his 1960-1964 term as mayor of the City of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and helped cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the completed bridge to traffic on Oct. 31, 1962.
He went on to serve for decades as president of the St. Mary’s River Bridge Co. (SMRBC), the public entity created in 1955 by the Canadian Parliament to oversee the construction, operation, and maintenance of the bridge on behalf of Canada. He spearheaded the creation of the Joint International Bridge Authority (JIBA), and was selected to serve as the first chairman of that bridge governing body. He went on to be selected for three additional one-year terms. He also served as chairman of the successor SSMBA for a one-year term, thus making him the longest serving chair of the bi-national governance boards.