Toll rates on one of North America’s busiest border bridges are scheduled to nearly double for trucks in January 2010. The Michigan Department of Transportation has scheduled three public hearings to accept comments on toll rates on the Blue Water Bridge which connects Port Huron, MI, to Sarnia, Ontario.
Current tolls for trucks crossing into the U.S. are $1.75 USD per axle. The proposed increase will drive truck tolls to $3.25 per axle starting Jan. 5, 2010. For passenger vehicles, a $1.50 toll would double to $3. The bridge offers a commuter discount for frequent users.
Officials are hoping the increases will raise an additional $8 to $10 million per year to improve the bridge, the plaza and the approaches.
According to bridge officials, 6,000 trucks may cross the bridge on a busy day. An average day sees between 14,000 and 20,000 vehicles.
The hearings are scheduled for
- 1 to 3 p.m., Dec. 1, at the MDOT Lansing Transportation Service Center, 3101 Technology Blvd., Lansing, MI;
- 10 a.m. to noon, Dec. 2, at the Travel Information Centre, 1455 Venetian Blvd., Point Edward, Ont.; and
- 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Dec. 2, at the Port Huron Municipal Building, 100 McMorran Blvd., Port Huron, MI.
Written statements, faxes, and e-mails may be submitted before Dec. 16 to:
Robert H. Parsons,
Public Involvement And Hearings Officer
Bureau of Transportation Planning, MDOT
P.O. Box 30050
Lansing, MI 48909
Visit michigan.gov/bluewaterbridge for more information.
– By David Tanner, staff writer