SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. — A new truck route leading to the Sault St. Marie International Bridge has been opened up, easing border congestion at this Northern Ontario border town.
The $11.2 million cost of the transportation corridor was shared between the governments of Ontario and Canada, with the municipality also chipping in.
“Sault Ste. Marie is the ninth busiest Canada-United States crossing and Canada’s new government is proud that this route could finally be completed,” said federal Transport Minister, Lawrence Cannon. “This transportation corridor is designed to ease local congestion, which will reduce emissions into the air and improve access between Ontario and Michigan. Sault Ste. Marie is an important northern gateway. More than 130,000 commercial trucks carry about $3.5 billion of goods across the International Bridge every year. The new truck route will reduce delays and save commercial carriers about $1 million a year.”
The truck route will also be shared by cars. It connects Hwy. 17 with the International Bridge via the Second Line Road and Hudson Street, providing a more direct connection to I-75 in the US. Trucks can now bypass downtown Sault Ste. Marie.
“This long awaited transportation corridor moves trucks out of the downtown area, allows traffic on the west side of the city to move quickly to the city’s centre, and lets us immediately advance Sault Ste. Marie as a multimodal transportation hub,” said Mayor John Rowswell.
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