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Bridge traffic up by over 6 per cent

Marks a difference of 5,974 crossings as compared to January 2017
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Canadian border crossing of the Sault Ste. Marie Internal Bridge. Kenneth Armstrong/SooToday

NEWS RELEASE
INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE ADMINISTRATION
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The International Bridge Administration today announced that one-way traffic crossings of the International Bridge at Sault Ste. Marie totalled 99,606 for the month of January 2018. This figure represents an increase of 6.4%, a difference of 5,974 crossings as compared to January 2017.

An analysis of traffic statistics for the month reveals the following:

Vehicle Classification

One-Way Crossings

Change from January 2017

Percent of Total Crossings

Full-Fare Passenger Cars:

33,663

6.6%

33.7%

Commuter Fare:

56,450

7.1%

56.7%

Car Pulling Trailers:

1,756

0.0%

1.8%

Commercial Trucks:

7,737

1.8%

7.8%

Totals:

99,606

6.4%

100.0%

Commuter traffic and full fare passenger cars are showing an increase over January of 2017, largely in part to the strength of the Canadian dollar. Commercial traffic is also staying strong, starting off the 2018 year with positive growth.

The International Bridge self-funds operations with toll revenue. Operations include the bridge structure, the Bridge Authority plaza, all maintenance facilities, and all ongoing building support costs and maintenance for the Canada Border Services Agency facility.

As for the construction of the Canadian Plaza Redevelopment Project, it is a Canadian capital project which is financed separately by The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited (FBCL), through the Canadian Gateways and Border Crossings Fund.

More than 99,862,910 million vehicles have crossed the International Bridge since opening in 1962. It is anticipated that we will surpass 100 million crossings in March of 2018.

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