International Bridge toll plaza project wins award

Fast facts:

- The Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge 2015 toll plaza reconstruction project was recently honored with a Merit Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACEC).
– The major upgrade to the U.S.-Canada border crossing involved constructing a new administration building and seven toll lanes to replace the original 53-year-old building and five toll lanes.
– The ACEC Merit Award recognizes projects

based upon application of new or existing techniques; social, economic, and sustainable design considerations; complexity; and other factors.

March 14, 2017 — The Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge toll plaza reconstruction project was recently honored with a Merit Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Michigan. The ACEC Merit Award recognizes worthy projects based upon application of new or existing techniques; future value to engineering and surveying professions; social, economic, and sustainable design considerations; exceeding client needs; and project complexity. The award was announced at the organization’s annual gala March 11 in Detroit.

Accepting a Merit Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan on March 11 are, from left, Matt D. Wendling, PE, of CDM Smith; Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge Administration (IBA) General Manager Peter Petainen; Natalie Kinloch, CPA, CA, representing the Canadian Federal Bridge Corp. Ltd; IBA Bridge Engineer Karl Hansen, PE; and Matt Hunter, PE, PTOE, of CDM Smith. (CDM Smith Photo)

Accepting a Merit Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan on March 11 are, from left, Matt D. Wendling, PE, of CDM Smith; Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge Administration (IBA) General Manager Peter Petainen; Natalie Kinloch, CPA, CA, representing the Canadian Federal Bridge Corp. Ltd; IBA Bridge Engineer Karl Hansen, PE; and Matt Hunter, PE, PTOE, of CDM Smith. (CDM Smith Photo)

The 2015 International Bridge Administration (IBA) project involved constructing a new administration building and seven toll lanes to replace the original 53-year-old building and five toll lanes.

“This project represented a major milestone for the IBA,” said IBA General Manager Peter Petainen. “The original administration building and toll plaza infrastructure were constructed in 1960 and in great need of replacement. The result was a bi-national project that has exceeded expectations of our bridge customers, the Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority, the IBA, and facility owners Federal Bridge Corp. Ltd. and MDOT.”

Using an innovative, multi‐disciplinary construction manager general contractor (CMGC) process, prime consultant CDM Smith led a bi‐national design team in providing a major upgrade to the essential U.S.-Canada border crossing at the International Bridge toll plaza.

“CDM Smith joined the project in 2006 as an environmental planning firm and went on to lead the team of engineers and architects, including local firms EPOH and STEM Engineering, through the planning, design, and construction inspection process,” said IBA Bridge Engineer and Project Manager Karl Hansen. “The lead construction team had bi-national representation, including CDM Smith, Northwest Design Group, EPOH, RA Engineers and Inspectors, and DeVere Construction.”

The team and IBA staff ensured plaza operations continued with minimal disruption through creative construction staging and traffic maintenance. In addition to the toll booths and administration building, the project included the I‐75 freeway terminus, ramps to Easterday Avenue, and a Michigan State Police static weigh scale. As a result of the CMGC process, the schedule was accelerated from 24 to 16 months, and construction costs were reduced from $10.4 million to $8.9 million.

“The collaboration between the design team, construction team, IBA employees, stakeholders, and the public was exemplary and helped play a role in the success of this project,” Petainen said. “We are very proud to have been part of this team – there are so many others who played crucial roles. This award recognizes the delivery of all aspects of the complex design, construction, and operation of this public facility.”

The award-winning Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge toll plaza project shown as it was nearing completion. (MDOT Photo)

The award-winning Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge toll plaza project shown as it was nearing completion. (MDOT Photo)

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.

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International Bridge announces upcoming projects

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2017

Fast facts:

  • The Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority (SSMBA) board of directors received updates on planned bridge maintenance projects at its meeting Thursday.
  • The bridge’s Canadian arch will be painted using an alternate one-coat technique.
  • Capital projects at the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge have been rescheduled and others will be performed in-house to take advantage of new or alternate cost-effective technology.

February 10, 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 upcoming bridge projects at the board’s regular meeting Thursday.

The SSMBA board reviewed plans by the International Bridge Administration (IBA) to replace bridge components and (more…)

The Federal Bridge Corporation Commemorates James L. McIntyre

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The Federal Bridge Corporation commemorates James L. McIntyre

 OTTAWA, February 9, 2017 /CNW/ – FBCL is pleased to announce that the new Service Building located on the Canadian plaza at the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge will be dedicated to the memory of James L. McIntyre.

Mr. McIntyre was a long-standing Chair of the Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority and the Chair of the St. Mary’s River Bridge Company, formerly a subsidiary of The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited. He passed away unexpectedly in February 2015.

A true visionary of the international bridge’s great importance to the twin communities of (more…)

International Bridge board hears inspection updates

 Fast facts:

- The International Bridge recently underwent a fracture critical inspection, an annual inspection, and a federally required load rating review. Ongoing maintenance is keeping the bridge in good condition.
- The Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority (SSMBA) board of directors named member Micheline Dubé as its chair and member Thomas Buckingham Sr. vice chair for 2017.
- The SSMBA board also named Dubé as its vice chair for the remainder of 2016, replacing departing member Glenn Hewus.

November 18, 2016 — The Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority (SSMBA) board of directors, the bi-national body which supervises operations of the International Bridge, heard reports on bridge inspections and remaining plaza work at the board’s regular meeting Thursday.

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 firm of Hardesty and Hanover (H&H) of Okemos, Mich., conducted the two-week-long annual inspections of the bridge this fall and presented their findings at Thursday’s meeting.

“Outstanding ongoing maintenance is keeping the bridge in good to fair condition,” said H&H structural engineer Richard Wianecki. “The overall condition of the bridge is good and there are no serious issues.” (more…)

International Bridge Plaza work to be completed

October 7, 2016 – A project to replace concrete showing premature signs of wear, as well as completion of other work on the International Bridge U.S. toll plaza, will begin Monday.

Beginning Monday at noon, two of the four northbound toll lanes will be closed while concrete is removed from one of the lanes. After concrete has been re-poured, one of the two closed lanes will reopen. The repaired lane will remain closed for up to four weeks while the concrete fully cures during the cooler fall temperatures. (more…)