Bridge Authority voted Dec. 19 to increase the cost of crossing
the bridge, the only land link between Michigan's upper and lower
On May 1, fares
for large trucks will rise by $1 to $3 per axle. Passenger vehicles
and two-axle trucks will cough up $2.50, up from $1.50. Motor homes
will pay $2 per axle.
The rate for
commuters, $1.25 one way, will increase to $1.50.
say the fares will bring in an additional $16 million a year. The
money will go toward maintenance.
The plan to
raise tolls on the five-mile span has drawn protests from communities
that depend on the bridge.
and business owners fear that a sharp increase in tolls will run
off tourist traffic in the same way that trucking traffic dropped
off in 1995 after the authority raised commercial tolls.