Bridge Bus Survey Announced

The City of Sault Ste. Marie, International Bridge Administration (IBA), and Chippewa-Luce-Mackinac Community Action Agency are working collaboratively to improve and enhance the services of the International Bridge Bus.

A survey seeking feedback on this public service has been made available. Riders of the bridge bus and interested parties are highly encouraged to complete this survey.

The survey is available on the websites for the City, IBA, and the Chippewa-Luce-Mackinac Community Action Agency. It will also be provided through social media and can be made available in written form upon request.

The bridge bus currently operates from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, and from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays except on holidays.

The bus currently stops on the hour at the Court Street bus shelter in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, at the LSSU Norris Center bus shelter in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan at 5 minutes after the hour, at the Station Mall in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario at 20 minutes after the hour, and at the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario City bus terminal on the half hour.

Passenger fares are currently $2.00 for members of the general public, $1.00 for seniors 60 or older and for persons with disabilities, and free for children under 6 accompanied by an adult.

Specific questions about the service may be directed to the Chippewa-Luce-Mackinac Community Action Agency at (906) 632-6882. The survey can be accessed at www.saultcity.com, or https://cms.clmcaa.org/home/transportation.

International Bridge paint project wraps up

Fast facts:

  • A $3.5 million CDN painting project at the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge is finished. 
  • The bridge’s Canadian arch was painted this year using an alternate one-coat technique, which was faster and minimized environmental and bridge customer impacts.
  • Work began May 1 and is expected to be completed today, nearly three weeks early.

October 13, 2017 — A major painting project on the Canadian arch of the International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie is wrapping up today, finishing about three weeks ahead of schedule and on budget.

The International Bridge Administration (IBA) rescheduled the $3.5 million CDN Canadian arch painting project to 2017 after bids came in higher than expected in 2016. The arch was painted using an alternate one-coat technique.

“Glavin Coating and Refinishing of Zurich, Ontario, mobilized to the work site on May 1 and has finished painting,” said Bridge Engineer Karl Hansen. “They plan to complete removing scaffolding on the bridge later today.”

Both lanes on the bridge will reopen to traffic, and commercial traffic size restrictions will return to standard limitations at 7 p.m. tonight. One lane of traffic has been closed on the arch due to scaffolding and paint containment set-up during the project.

“We’re extremely pleased with the outcome of this project,” said IBA General Manager Peter Petainen. “The single-coat paint system offered a substantial savings – 47 percent under the 2016 bids – and quicker application times. We’ve been able to limit the impact on bridge customers to a single construction season and minimize disturbance to the environment. The IBA will be closely monitoring the new paint system, but we expect to see long-term benefits, including enhanced corrosion resistance.”

One sign of International Bridge operations returning to normal: the colored Canadian arch LED lights will be turned back on now that the project is done.

“We’re pleased that this important painting work has been successfully completed,” Petainen said. “On behalf of the IBA, I want to thank our bridge customers for their patience during the project this summer.”

For a complete list of International Bridge commercial traffic restrictions, visit the IBA website at www.saultbridge.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/saultbridge.

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

Photo Courtesy of Federal Bridge Corporation Ltd.

Photo Courtesy of Federal Bridge Corporation Ltd.

Advisory: International Bridge closing to vehicle traffic during foot races

September 20, 2017 — The Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic during the Sault International Festival of Races on Saturday, Sept. 23.
The bridge will close to vehicle traffic at 7:10 a.m. and will reopen at 8:30 a.m. or as soon as the last runner clears the bridge, whichever is earlier. 
A half marathon and bridge run both cross the bridge as part of their courses. This is the third and final planned public bridge event in 2017 that will require a temporary bridge closure. More information on the Festival of Races can be found at http://www.saultmarathon.com/.
Visit the IBA website at www.saultbridge.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/saultbridge.
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Traffic advisory: International Bridge closing to vehicle traffic during motorcycle ride

August 16, 2017 — The Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic during the Great Lakes Harley Owners Group (HOG) motorcycle ride Saturday, Aug 19.

The bridge will close to vehicle traffic at 9 a.m. and will reopen at approximately 9:30 a.m. for a round-trip ride from the U.S. to the Canadian side of the bridge and back.

The ride is part of the Great Lakes HOG rally in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., from Aug. 17 to 19. More information on the rally can be found at https://www.facebook.com/GreatLakesHogRally/ or http://www.saultstemarie.com/event-detail/2017-great-lakes-h-o-g-rally/

Visit the IBA website at www.saultbridge.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/saultbridge.

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Bridging Our Past, Connecting Our Future

Traffic advisory: International Bridge traffic shift

August 15, 2017 – Traffic at the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge will be shifted Wednesday morning, Aug. 16, as part of the ongoing Canadian arch painting project. The traffic shift in the Canadian arch is planned for 7:15-8 a.m. Customers should expect delays.

The operation and maintenance of the International Bridge is totally self-funded, primarily through bridge tolls. It is not subsidized by any state, provincial or federal government entity. For a complete list of International Bridge tolls, visit the IBA website at www.michigan.gov/IBA.

For more information on the International Bridge, please visit www.saultbridge.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/saultbridge.

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

Peter Petainen, International Bridge Administration, 906-635-5255, ext. 137, or
Dan Weingarten, MDOT Office of Communications, 906-250-4809