In the regular monthly bridge crossing statistics release from the International Bridge Authority, an interesting item stood out.
“The International Bridge has processed 99.6 million vehicles and is forecast to exceed the major milestone of 100 million bridge crossings in January of 2018.”
Imagine that for a moment, 100,000,000 (one hundred million).
The bridge opened on October 31st 1962, and over fifty years later wheels will roll across daily as always.
Next month, one of those crossing might be the big one!
The 100 millionth crossing, an incredible milestone.
Bridge crossing statistics for Oct 2017:
One-way traffic crossings of the International Bridge at Sault Ste. Marie totaled 126,907 for the month of October 2017.
This figure represents an increase of 2.8%, a difference of 3,464 crossings as compared to October, 2016.
Full-fare passenger cars: 50,385
Communter Fare: 65,105
Car pulling trailers: 3,445
Commercial Trucks: 7,972
Total crossings: 126,907
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 Crossing funds.