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.

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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…)

International Bridge Lighting Upgrade Moves Forward

July 17, 2015 – It will be lights out on the International Bridge arches next week as a cost-saving lighting replacement project prepares to take a highly visible step forward.

The International Bridge Authority (IBA) will be replacing the white lights that have illuminated the nighttime sky on top of the bridge’s three curved steel arches for decades. The replacement will begin next week and be complete by mid-August.

The electrical circuits feeding the current white arch lights will be turned off on Monday to allow the replacement to proceed.

“This short period where the white arch lights will no longer be lit for bridge viewers is a step toward some long-term savings for the International Bridge,” said IBA General Manager Phil Becker. “The new lighting system will improve the bridge’s appearance while cutting energy and maintenance costs.” (more…)