Canadian toll adjustments at International Bridge based on currency exchange rates

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- 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 $4.50 to $4.60.
- Prox accounts save local commuters money.

March 29, 2017 — International Bridge customers paying Canadian currency will see the toll rate adjusted due to the current value of the Canadian dollar. The changes, effective Saturday, April 1, are a result of the mandated exchange review conducted by bridge officials twice each year. The U.S. fare will remain unchanged at $3.50. (more…)

International Bridge toll plaza project wins award

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- The Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge 2015 toll plaza reconstruction project was recently honored with a Merit Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACEC).
– The major upgrade to the U.S.-Canada border crossing involved constructing a new administration building and seven toll lanes to replace the original 53-year-old building and five toll lanes.
– The ACEC Merit Award recognizes projects

based upon application of new or existing techniques; social, economic, and sustainable design considerations; complexity; and other factors.

March 14, 2017 — The Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge toll plaza reconstruction project was recently honored with a Merit Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Michigan. The ACEC Merit Award recognizes worthy projects based upon application of new or existing techniques; future value to engineering and surveying professions; social, economic, and sustainable design considerations; exceeding client needs; and project complexity. The award was announced at the organization’s annual gala March 11 in Detroit. (more…)

International Bridge announces upcoming projects

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2017

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  • The Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority (SSMBA) board of directors received updates on planned bridge maintenance projects at its meeting Thursday.
  • The bridge’s Canadian arch will be painted using an alternate one-coat technique.
  • Capital projects at the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge have been rescheduled and others will be performed in-house to take advantage of new or alternate cost-effective technology.

February 10, 2017 — The Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority (SSMBA) board of directors, the bi-national body that supervises operations of the International Bridge, heard reports on upcoming bridge projects at the board’s regular meeting Thursday.

The SSMBA board reviewed plans by the International Bridge Administration (IBA) to replace bridge components and (more…)

The Federal Bridge Corporation Commemorates James L. McIntyre

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The Federal Bridge Corporation commemorates James L. McIntyre

 OTTAWA, February 9, 2017 /CNW/ – FBCL is pleased to announce that the new Service Building located on the Canadian plaza at the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge will be dedicated to the memory of James L. McIntyre.

Mr. McIntyre was a long-standing Chair of the Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority and the Chair of the St. Mary’s River Bridge Company, formerly a subsidiary of The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited. He passed away unexpectedly in February 2015.

A true visionary of the international bridge’s great importance to the twin communities of (more…)

International Bridge board hears inspection updates

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- The International Bridge recently underwent a fracture critical inspection, an annual inspection, and a federally required load rating review. Ongoing maintenance is keeping the bridge in good condition.
- The Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority (SSMBA) board of directors named member Micheline Dubé as its chair and member Thomas Buckingham Sr. vice chair for 2017.
- The SSMBA board also named Dubé as its vice chair for the remainder of 2016, replacing departing member Glenn Hewus.

November 18, 2016 — The Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority (SSMBA) board of directors, the bi-national body which supervises operations of the International Bridge, heard reports on bridge inspections and remaining plaza work at the board’s regular meeting Thursday.

The SSMBA board reviewed and officially accepted the results of the annual bridge inspection and fracture critical inspection. A team of bridge engineering experts from the firm of Hardesty and Hanover (H&H) of Okemos, Mich., conducted the two-week-long annual inspections of the bridge this fall and presented their findings at Thursday’s meeting.

“Outstanding ongoing maintenance is keeping the bridge in good to fair condition,” said H&H structural engineer Richard Wianecki. “The overall condition of the bridge is good and there are no serious issues.” (more…)