International Bridge board hears inspection updates

 Fast facts:

- 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…)

International Bridge Plaza work to be completed

October 7, 2016 – A project to replace concrete showing premature signs of wear, as well as completion of other work on the International Bridge U.S. toll plaza, will begin Monday.

Beginning Monday at noon, two of the four northbound toll lanes will be closed while concrete is removed from one of the lanes. After concrete has been re-poured, one of the two closed lanes will reopen. The repaired lane will remain closed for up to four weeks while the concrete fully cures during the cooler fall temperatures. (more…)

Stronger Canadian dollar results in lower Canadian currency tolls at International Bridge

September 14, 2016 – International Bridge customers paying with Canadian currency at toll booths will see some savings as Canadian currency rates decrease due to the relative strength of the Canadian dollar. The changes are the result of the currency equity review conducted by bridge officials twice each year.

Starting Saturday, Oct. 1, the passenger vehicle rate for customers paying with Canadian currency will be reduced from $4.70 to $4.50. Commercial vehicles rates will decrease from $6.10 per axle to $5.85 per axle.

“All our Canadian currency toll rates will be adjusted,” said Peter Petainen, International Bridge Administration (IBA) general manager. “This is part of our required, semi-annual currency review. (more…)

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. (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.