SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – A new commercial entrance is now open at the Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. border crossing.
The St. Mary’s River Bridge Company (SMRBC) has opened the Carmen’s Way commercial entrance to direct large commercial vehicles away from city streets.
It is part of a larger project to develop the Canadian Customs Plaza there.
According to the bridge company, the new commercial entrance will result in an increase of overall road safety and reduce future road maintenance requirements by the City of Sault Ste. Marie.
The construction project which includes the new duty-free shop, the International Bridge Administration (IBA) maintenance facility and security centre, the west worksite, and the bridge ramp widening started in October 2013.
The work is approximately 95% complete, with the balance of landscaping to occur in the spring. This portion of construction was tendered at just over $10 million and is on budget.
Starting today, commercial truck traffic will access the plaza by way of the new commercial entrance from Carmen’s Way instead of the commuter vehicle entrance on Huron St. City.
Street signage has been updated to reflect this change.
Commuter vehicles will continue to use the Huron St. entrance. Commercial vehicle parking and staging will be available for those drivers wishing to finalize paperwork or visit the Duty Free Store prior to crossing to the USA. Bus lay-by parking stalls are available for bus traffic wishing to visit the Duty Free Store. Bus traffic may enter the plaza from either the new Carmen’s Way entrance or the existing Huron St. entrance. If needing to visit Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) prior to leaving Canada, busses must use the Huron St. entrance and park across from the CBSA outbound office.
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