Reminder: International Bridge closing to vehicle traffic during race festival Sept. 28

September 25, 2019 — The Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic during the Sault International Festival of Races on Saturday, Sept. 28. The bridge will close to vehicle traffic at 6:45 a.m. and will reopen at 8:45 a.m. or as soon as the last racer clears the bridge, whichever is earlier.

The Sault International Festival of Races involves a half marathon, bike race and bridge run that all cross the bridge as part of their courses. This is the final planned public bridge event in 2019 that will require a temporary bridge closure.

For more information on the Festival of Races, visit https://www.saultmarathon.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/SaultBridgeRun/, call 906-632-3366, or e-mail info@saultstemarie.com.

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

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

Canadian commercial toll rate adjustment at International Bridge starts October 1

September 23, 2019 – International Bridge commercial customers paying Canadian currency will see toll rates change next week due to the current value of the Canadian dollar. The commercial vehicle tolls paid in Canadian dollars will increase from the current $6.60 per axle to $6.65. Canadian currency auto and commuter discount rates remain unchanged.

Commercial rates in U.S. dollars remain unchanged at $5 per axle.

These changes, effective Tuesday, Oct. 1, are a result of the mandated exchange review conducted by bridge officials twice each year. Commercial traffic makes up about 7 percent of the annual crossings and 36 percent of bridge revenue; commuter and auto combine for about 93 percent of the yearly crossings.

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. Bridge operations have a substantial economic impact on the surrounding communities.

“Maintenance and operations for our 57-year-old bridge is our top priority. Approximately $6.2 million of toll revenue is dedicated to that purpose and ensures the bridge is open to the public 365 days a year,” said Peter Petäinen, general manager of the International Bridge Administration (IBA). “We connect and support the economies on both sides of the border, and bridge revenue annually goes back into the local economies, split equally between both Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.”

Canadian dollar rates fluctuate up or down every six months depending on the average six-month exchange rate. To maintain compliance with the bridge authority’s joint Canada/U.S. operating agreement, the IBA reviews and adjusts the rates each April and October.

More information, including all vehicle toll rates and details of the frequent user “prox card” program, can be found on the IBA website at www.Michigan.gov/IBA and at www.saultbridge.com. Follow the IBA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/saultbridge.

Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge:

Bridging Our Past, Connecting Our Future

International Bridge closing to vehicle traffic during race festival Sept. 28

September 16, 2019 — The Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic during the Sault International Festival of Races on Saturday, Sept. 28. The bridge will close to vehicle traffic at 6:45 a.m. and will reopen at 8:45 a.m. or as soon as the last racer clears the bridge, whichever is earlier.

The Sault International Festival of Races involves a half marathon, bike race and bridge run that all cross the bridge as part of their courses. This is the final planned public bridge event in 2019 that will require a temporary bridge closure.

For more information on the Festival of Races, visit https://www.saultmarathon.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/SaultBridgeRun/, call 906-632-3366, or e-mail info@saultstemarie.com.

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