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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Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge:
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

Back to the nest: Falcons return to the International Bridge

Fast facts:

  • Another pair of the endangered falcons successfully nested on the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge, where the birds have been returning for years, hatching four chicks. 
  • A pair of peregrine falcons has returned to nest on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge again this year, successfully hatching three chicks.
  • The DNR recently installed an upgraded nesting box at the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, built by area students.
  • A video news release on falcons and falcon banding at the International Bridge and Portage Lake Lift Bridge are online at https://youtu.be/4DQp0kU4ph4

Another pair of peregrine falcons successfully nested on the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge, hatching four chicks this year.

During banding operations last month, a member of a Michigan DNR team holds one of the four peregrine falcons chicks that successfully hatched at the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge. (IBA photo by Liz Stewart)

During banding operations last month, a member of a Michigan DNR team holds one of the four peregrine falcons chicks that successfully hatched at the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge. (IBA photo by Liz Stewart)

“This site has hatched 24 falcon chicks since 2010, when we put in the nest box and started counting,” said International Bridge Engineer Karl Hansen, “There were more before that but we don’t know the number.” Hansen said a falcon cam for the International Bridge is also planned.

Peregrine falcons have also returned to the Portage Lake Lift Bridge between Houghton and Hancock again this year – the same nesting spot, but this year with a choice between new and familiar nests.

The chicks at the International Bridge were banded by a DNR team on June 19, while the Lift Bridge birds were banded on June 23. They were also named. (more…)

Traffic advisory – International Bridge closed to vehicle traffic during annual bridge walk Saturday

June 21, 2017 — The Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic during the 31st Annual Bridge Walk and Bicycle Parade Saturday, June 24.

The bridge will close to vehicle traffic at 9:30 a.m. and will reopen at approximately 10:30 a.m. With scaffolding in place for the ongoing Canadian arch painting project, a portion of the bridge is currently restricted to one traffic lane.

More information on the annual bridge walk can be found at http://ssmcoc.com/events/2017/06/24/1425 or http://www.facebook.com/SSMbridgewalk. 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

 

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

Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council Honors the International Bridge Authority with Organization Award

CONTACTS: Joanna I. Johnson, TAMC Chair 269-381-3170 ext. 220 jjohnson@kalamazoocountyroads.com

Roger Belknap, TAMC Coordinator 517-373-2249 belknapr@michigan.gov

May 26, 2017 — The Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council (TAMC) has honored the International Bridge Authority (IBA) with the 2017 TAMC Organization Award. The award was presented to Bridge Engineer, Karl Hansen, General Manager Peter Petainen, and Thomas Buckingham of the Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority Board of Directors by TAMC Chair Joanna I. Johnson and other members of the council at the annual Transportation Asset Management Conference held yesterday, Thursday, May 25, in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

The IBA’s primary responsibility is to operate and manage the 1.9-mile International Bridge structure and international crossing plaza between United States and Canada (more…)