Helen Gillespie Elected to International Bridge Board; Phil Becker Recognized for Service

Gillespie Elected to Chair International Bridge Board for Remainder of 2015

May 26, 2015 – Helen Gillespie of Vancouver, British Columbia, was elected to replace the late James McIntyre as the 2015 chair of the Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority (SSMBA) board of directors, the bi-national body that supervises operations of the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge. Her election took place at the board’s regular meeting May 21.

CAPTION: Phil Becker, General Manager at the International Bridge Administration (IBA) receives a standing ovation as he is recognized for his 28-year career with the Michigan Department of Transportation. (MDOT photo)

McIntyre, a longtime Canadian SSMBA board member, died in February as the result of an accident. Gillespie was vice chair of SSMBA in 2010 and chair of SSMBA in 2011.

The SSMBA board consists of eight members, four Michigan members appointed by the governor and four Canadian members appointed by the Federal Bridge Corporation Ltd. (FBCL).

Nicholas White of Petoskey is the panel’s vice chairman for 2015. The other U.S. representatives are Scott Shackleton and Linda Hoath of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; and Thomas Buckingham of Newberry; the other Canadian representatives on the board are Rick Talvitie of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; and Glenn Hewus of Ottawa, Ontario.

In other business, the SSMBA board acknowledged Phil Becker, general manager at the International Bridge Administration (IBA) for his long service with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). MDOT Chief Administrative Officer Laura Mester presented Becker with a certificate of appreciation from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials recognizing his “meritorious public service.”

Becker, a licensed professional engineer, holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich. He assumed the position of IBA general manager in February 2001, following various engineering management positions he held in northern Michigan during his 28-year career with MDOT.

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Phil Becker, International Bridge Administration, 906-635-5255, ext. 112, or 705-942-4345, ext. 112

Dan Weingarten, MDOT Office of Communications, 906-485-6322, ext. 136

FBCL Announces Canadian Plaza Redevelopment Project

The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited announced that the construction of the new CBSA facilities, the next phase of the Canadian Plaza Redevelopment Project, is set to begin in June.

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Next phase of the Canadian Plaza Redevelopment Project to begin in June in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

Overview-2The work which is valued at $32.9 million, is funded through the Gateway and Border Crossings Fund and is anticipated to be completed by March of 2018.

Canopy Construction starts Tuesday Night, May 19, 2015

Canopy Construction to Have Minor Traffic Impact at Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge

May 15, 2015 – Customers can expect intermittent nighttime lane closures from May 19 to 21 during the next phase of the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge toll plaza reconstruction project.

Motorists should expect brief periods of all toll traffic being stopped in order to allow placement of six massive steel columns to support the toll canopy roof structure being constructed as part of the $8.9 million (USD) project. The intermittent toll lane closures are scheduled to start each night at about 11 p.m. beginning Tuesday, May 19, and be complete before 6 a.m. each day. The toll lane closures are not expected to exceed 45 minutes. (more…)

I-75 detour set to begin May 13, 2015

I-75 detour set to begin May 13

Friday, May 8, 2015

COUNTY: Chippewa



ESTIMATED STARTING DATE: Wednesday, May 13, 2015



The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be replacing two large culverts on I-75 approximately 2.5 miles south of the M-28/I-75 intersection. The culverts, installed in the 1960s, have reached the end of their service life. (more…)

International Bridge Customers Invited to Participate in Traffic Study

May 8, 2015 – Where are you going? Where are you coming from? Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge customers will be asked to answer those kinds of travel questions during an upcoming traffic study.

On May 12 and 13, bridge customers will have an opportunity to participate in a brief survey about their travel habits. Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) staff will be at the International Bridge toll plaza inviting both northbound and southbound drivers to pull their vehicles off to the side to answer six questions regard the origin, destination and purpose of their trip. The interviews will be conducted between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. (more…)