FBCL announces the opening of the new entrance onto the bridge plaza from Huron Street
OTTAWA, November 23, 2015 – The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited (FBCL) announces the opening of the new southbound access to the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie. Today at 1:30 PM, the southbound traffic lane onto the bridge from Huron Street was turned over to the International Bridge Administration (IBA), which will now maintain the new entrance and roadway.
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- The Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority (SSMBA) board of directors met for the first time today in the board room of the new International Bridge administration building.
- The annual and fracture critical bridge inspections found ongoing maintenance is keeping the bridge in good condition.
- Michigan board member Nicholas White was elected as the 2016 SSMBA chair.
October 22, 2015 – Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority (SSMBA) board members held their first meeting today in the board room of the new International Bridge administration building on the toll plaza.
The bi-national body, which supervises operations of the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge, reviewed the results of the annual bridge inspection and the fracture critical inspection. A team of bridge engineering experts from the firms of Hardesty and Hanover (H&H) of Okemos, Mich., and MMM Group of Mississauga, Ontario, conducted the two-week-long annual inspection of the bridge in August and presented their preliminary findings at today’s meeting.
“Ongoing maintenance is keeping the bridge in good condition,” said H&H structural engineer Ed Oliver. “The overall condition of the bridge is good and we have no serious issues.” (more…)
October 21, 2015 – The mayor of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., honored longtime manager of the International Bridge by proclaiming today Phillip M. Becker Day in the city.
Becker, who recently announced his plans to retire in 2016, is completing 29 years of public service with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), including 15 years serving as general manager of the International Bridge Administration (IBA).
Sault Ste. Marie Mayor Anthony Bosbous praised Becker for his strong community involvement, keen interpersonal skills and engaging personality, and cited him as a key proponent for the signing of the 2012 Sister Cities agreement by Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Ontario.
Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Mayor Anthony Bosbous, center right, presents International Bridge Administration
General Manager Phil Becker with a proclamation recognizing Becker’s contributions and naming Oct. 21
Phil Becker Day in the city. Looking on are members of the binational Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority. (MDOT photo)
“Phillip’s enthusiasm and active community involvement continues to build and support the Sault Ste. Marie Sister Cities bi-national partnership by encouraging and supporting community events, such as the Annual International Bridge Walk and the Sault International Festival of Races,” Bosbous said.
Bosbous touted Becker’s unwavering advocacy of the Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Bus — jointly supported by the City of Sault Ste. Marie, MDOT, and the Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority — which provides convenient, affordable cross-border public transportation.