Michigan Senate has approved a legislative package that would roll
back recent increases in Mackinac Bridge tolls and freeze fairs
would dedicate $5.9 million in state funds to the Mackinac Bridge
Authority to pay for bridge repairs.
to cross the bridge were raised May 1. Fares for big rigs jumped
from $22 to $33. Fees for most other vehicles rose from $1.50 to
$2.50. The commuter rate went from $1.25 to $1.50.
bill’s sponsor, Sen. Jason Allen, R-Traverse City, said the proposal
would re-establish the old rates. It also calls for public hearings
to reduce toll rates.
the coming years, the Mighty Mac will need some repairs requiring
substantial funding, which should not come at the expense of area
residents, tourists or businesses,” Allen said in a recent statement.
“This legislation ensures that critical infrastructure repairs are
funded, while ensuring that toll fees remain low.”
Authority officials said the toll increases were needed to pay for
$10 million in maintenance and enhancement projects over the next
decade, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported.
bill was one of five bills approved by the Senate. They now go before
would relieve the bridge authority of its obligation to repay the
state money advanced for bonds, the newspaper reported. The bill,
introduced by Sen. Judson Gilbert, R-Algonac, would cost the Michigan
Transportation Fund about $53 million a year.
legislation in the package would set aside at least $5.9 million
for repairs and prohibit tolls for emergency vehicles.