Traffic alert: Motorists should expect short delays on International Bridge for torch run Wednesday

May 13, 2016 – Motorists on the International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie should expect brief delays Wednesday evening for the annual international Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics.

LETR is coordinating the event with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Canada Border Services Agency and the International Bridge Administration (IBA).

Torch runners will start at the Duty Free USA parking lot and cross the bridge from the U.S. to the Canadian side. Police and IBA staff will escort the runners across the bridge beginning at 9 p.m.

Bridge traffic will be maintained in both directions using the southbound bridge lane. Traffic will be escorted by IBA vehicles. Short delays are expected in each direction during the run, which is expected to be completed by 9:45 p.m.

The LETR is the largest annual grass-roots fundraiser for Special Olympics.

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Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge:
Bridging Our Past, Connecting Our Future

Canadian Toll Adjustments due to Exchange Rates

Canadian toll adjustments at International Bridge based on currency exchange rates

Fast facts:
- The International Bridge Authority (IBA) in Sault Ste. Marie, is adjusting Canadian fares at the bridge.
- Starting April 1, the passenger vehicle rate for Canadian currency will change from $4.40 to $4.70. 
- Customers making just one round trip across the bridge each week can qualify for a 20 percent commuter discount.

March 16, 2016 – While the U.S. fare will remain unchanged, International Bridge customers paying Canadian currency will see the toll rate adjusted due to the current value of the Canadian dollar. The changes, effective Friday, April 1, are the result of the currency exchange review conducted by bridge officials twice each year. (more…)

Petainen named General Manager of International Bridge Administration

Fast facts:

  • Peter M. Petainen has been named the new manager of the International Bridge Authority (IBA) in Sault Ste. Marie.
  • Petainen, 44, who has been the IBA’s chief financial officer for the past 14 years, began his new position on Feb. 28.
  • He becomes the first Canadian to hold the post.

Petainen, Peter (MDOT)March 1, 2016 — Peter M. Petainen has been appointed as the new general manager at the International Bridge Administration (IBA) in Sault Ste. Marie by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). He is succeeding Phil Becker, who retired in January after serving as IBA manager since 2001.

Petainen, 44, who has been guiding the International Bridge’s day-to-day finance and long-term business goals as the IBA’s chief financial officer for the past 14 years, began his new position on Feb. 28.

“In his new role, Peter is responsible for the overall maintenance and operations of the bridge,” MDOT Chief Administrative Officer Laura Mester said. “He’ll also continue to foster the bridge’s already good community relations and customer service, as well as maintain the strong partnerships with the border crossing agencies on the U.S. and Canadian sides.” (more…)

Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority honors former chairman James McIntyre

Fast facts:
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. (more…)