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Finally, an increase in bridge traffic

The International Bridge has processed 99.47 million vehicles and is forecast to exceed the major milestone of 100 million bridge crossings in January of 2018
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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 totaled 137,340 for the month of September 2017. This figure represents an increase of 1.0 per cent, a difference of 1,351 crossings as compared to September, 2016.

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

Vehicle Classification

One-Way Crossings

Change from September 2016

Percent of Total Crossings

Full-Fare Passenger Cars:

59,703

1.3 per cent

43.5 per cent

Commuter Fare:

63,517

-0.9 per cent

46.2 per cent

Car Pulling Trailers:

7,011

16.3 per cent

5.1 per cent

Commercial Trucks:

7,109

2.2 per cent

5.2 per cent

Totals:

137,340

1.0 per cent

100.0 per cent

The International Bridge has processed 99.47 million vehicles and is forecast to exceed the major milestone of 100 million bridge crossings in January of 2018.

Commercial bridge traffic is up 2.9 per cent for the year, after nine consecutive months of steady growth. Bridge truck traffic provides almost 40 per cent of all bridge toll revenue.

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.

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