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Bridge traffic up more than 13 per cent over this time last year

A difference of 13,422 crossings as compared to March 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 115,367 for the month of March 2018. This figure represents an increase of 13.2 per cent, a difference of 13,422 crossings as compared to March 2017.

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

Vehicle Classification

One-Way Crossings

Change from March 2017

Percent of Total Crossings

Full-Fare Passenger Cars:

43,985

21.9 per cent

38.1 per cent

Commuter Fare:

60,793

10.5 per cent

52.7 per cent

Car Pulling Trailers:

2,211

13.9 per cent

1.9 per cent

Commercial Trucks:

8,378

-6.2 per cent

7.3 per cent

Totals:

115,367

13.2 per cent

100.0 per cent

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.

Traffic for the calendar year to date at March 31, 2018, is 312,818. This represents a year to date increase of 10.2 per cent. The bridge has processed 100.2 million bridge crossings since 1962.

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