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Celebrating a bridge to Canada

Nathan Holth

There’s a lot of arguing lately about building a new bridge to Canada.

But this week, one Michigan community is celebrating a milestone for its international bridge.

On Halloween, 1962, the International Bridge at Sault Ste. Marie opened.   

Since then, more than 93 million vehicles have crossed the nearly three mile long bridge.   About seven thousand vehicles cross the International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie on an average day.

The bridge is jointly managed by the state of Michigan and the government of Canada.

Phil Becker is the general manager of the International Bridge Administration.   He says the bridge is an example of friendly cooperation.

“This bridge is unique in that….it was formed based on a strong sense of partnership that’s carried on until this day,” says Becker.

Numerous events are scheduled this week in Sault Ste

Marie to commemorate the International Bridge’s 50th anniversary, including the unveiling of a special plaque.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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