Exchange rate drives Canadian currency toll changes at International Bridge

September 25, 2015 — International Bridge customers paying Canadian currency will see the toll rate adjusted due to the low value of the Canadian dollar. The changes, effective Thursday, Oct. 1, are the result of the currency equity review conducted by bridge officials twice each year.

Starting Oct. 1, the passenger vehicle rate for Canadian currency will change from $4.10 to $4.40. The U.S. rate remains unchanged at $3.50. The April and October equity adjustments are mandated for currency changes between the U.S. and Canadian dollars. This is not a rate increase but a currency exchange adjustment. (more…)

International Bridge Safety Test Postponed Until Wednesday

August 25, 2015 — A safety test on the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge involving fire department equipment and staff has been postponed until Wednesday. The tests had originally been slated for this morning.

Fire equipment and personnel from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, are now scheduled to be on the bridge deck Wednesday, Aug. 26, beginning at 8:15 a.m. They will be working with International Bridge staff to evaluate the feasibility of using a ladder truck for assisting in the event a person becomes disabled and must be helped down from the higher parts of the bridge arch. The tests are expected to last until midmorning.

During the tests, one lane of traffic will be open under flag control.

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

IBA Facility Update for Aug. 14, 2015

International Bridge Updates Lights to LED

New Toll Lanes, New Prox Card Software

Aug. 7, 2015 – New toll lanes, featuring new software, improved convenience for bridge customers, and new frequent user discount toll rates, are set to open Monday night at the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge.

Contractors and International Bridge Administration (IBA) staff will begin opening the new toll lanes at 10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, and expect to have two southbound and two northbound lanes available by Tuesday morning, Aug. 11. Toll traffic should not be impacted as the new lanes come online.

IBA officials expect all three permanent northbound lanes and two permanent southbound lanes to be fully functional by Wednesday, Aug. 12. The remaining two permanent southbound lanes are slated to go online in late September after the demolition of the old IBA administration building. When complete, the toll plaza will have four southbound and three northbound lanes. (more…)