International Bridge officials celebrate toll plaza project completion with ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony

October 21, 2015 – Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority (SSMBA) board members were joined by bridge staff, contractor representatives and local dignitaries today to celebrate the completion of the 16-month-long, $8.9 million (USD) toll plaza project with a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony.

Nearly 100 invitees gathered at the new plaza for the festivities, which opened with the raising of the U.S. and Canadian flags to the accompaniment of local bagpiper Robert Craig. A rousing rendition of both countries’ national anthems by the binational Sweet Adelines choir from the sister cities of Sault Ste. Marie followed. The event continued with a Native American drum song, comments from dignitaries, unveiling of a plaza dedication plaque, and project tours.

Drummers from the Bay Mills Tribe of Chippewa Indians help open the ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony  for the new $8.9 million (USD) toll plaza project at the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge. (MDOT photo)

Drummers from the Bay Mills Tribe of Chippewa Indians help open the ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony
for the new $8.9 million (USD) toll plaza project at the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge. (MDOT photo)

SSMBA Chairwoman Helen Gillespie welcomed attendees, noting the project was another outstanding example of the binational partnership in place at the crossing.

“This project is a culmination of seven years of effort in which engineers, architects, contractors, and suppliers from Michigan and Ontario worked together to provide a facility that will improve bridge customer safety and service,” Gillespie said.

Rick Talvitie, the local Federal Bridge Corporation Ltd. (FBCL) board member, provided a Canadian perspective, congratulating the project team for an architecturally stunning, functional, safe, and efficient new administration building and plaza. (more…)

Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge Marks New Era of Service with Toll Plaza Open House

October 16, 2015 — The Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge will celebrate the completion of the 16-month-long, $8.9 million (USD) toll plaza project with a ribbon-cutting and a public open house next week. The ribbon-cutting and plaza dedication for invited guests will be from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21. The public open house will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22.

The ribbon-cutting celebration will include the raising of the U.S. and Canadian flags, singing of both national anthems by the binational Sweet Adelines choir, Native American drummers, comments from dignitaries, unveiling of the plaza dedication plaque, and project tours. The public open house will also include project tours. (more…)

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.

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Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge:
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IBA Facility Update for Aug. 14, 2015