Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority elects new officers

Fast facts:

  • The Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority (SSMBA) board of directors named member Thomas Buckingham, Sr., as its chair and member Micheline Dubé vice chair for 2018.
  • The board consists of eight members, four Michigan members appointed by Gov. Snyder and four Canadian members.
  • The board heard reports on a number of successful International Bridge projects.

November 9, 2017 — At today’s Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority (SSMBA) board meeting, the bi-national body that supervises operations of the International Bridge elected officers for 2018.

Board member Thomas Buckingham, Sr., was elected as the 2018 chair of the SSMBA board of directors. Buckingham was appointed to the board in 2015 by Gov. Rick Snyder; he was the SSMBA vice chairman in 2017. Buckingham is from Newberry., where he is general manager and secretary for Forest Insurance Center Agency Inc., Mauck Insurance Agency Inc., and Loggers Insurance Agency II LLC. The SSMBA board consists of eight members, four Michigan members appointed by Gov. Snyder and four Canadian members appointed by the FBCL, located in Ottawa, Ontario.

Micheline Dubé of Ottawa was elected vice chair for 2018. The other Canadian representatives on the board are Natalie Kinloch, Anthony Pickett, and André Girard. The other U.S. representatives are Linda Hoath, Scott Shackleton and Nicholas White.

The SSMBA board also heard updates (more…)

International Bridge board hears inspection updates

Fast facts:

  • The International Bridge recently underwent a fracture critical inspection and an annual inspection.
  • Ongoing maintenance is keeping the bridge in good condition.
  • The Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority (SSMBA) board of directors heard updates on major contracted projects completed at the bridge this year.

November 9, 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 bridge inspections at the board’s regular meeting today.

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 lead firm of Hardesty and Hanover (H&H) of Okemos, Mich., along with their Canadian partner firm WSP Canada Group Limited of Mississauga, Ontario, conducted the two-week-long annual inspections of the bridge this fall and presented their findings at today’s meeting.

“With outstanding ongoing maintenance, the bridge is being kept in good condition,” said H&H structural engineer Richard Wianecki. “The overall condition of the bridge is good and our inspection found no serious issues.” (more…)

Bridge Bus Survey Announced

Bridge Bus Survey

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. (more…)

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.” (more…)

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
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