Skip Navigation
Michigan Department of TransportationVisit! Home
close print view

Robust public voting for International Bridge 50th Anniversary lighting reported

Contact: Phil Becker, International Bridge Administration, 906-635-5255, ext. 112,
Agency: Transportation

  October 17, 2011 -- The Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge reports that public voting to select the lighting design that will grace the bridge for its 50th anniversary next year has exceeded expectations with over 1,463 votes being cast from 141 cities around the world. The voting period began on Oct. 3, and will conclude on Oct. 31.

Visitors to the International Bridge Administration (IBA) Web site,, are able to view the three proposed lighting concepts and vote for their favorite design. Visitors to the site will be able to vote once per day, per computer.

The most popular lighting concept will be installed in early 2012 and lit on June 28 at the anniversary lighting celebration event, planned in conjunction with the annual bridge walk weekend.

Those who visit the Web site will see that each of the lighting concepts will follow the national flag colors, with the Canadian arch including red and white lights, and the U.S. arches including red, white, and blue lights. The lighting designs will incorporate industrial rope light strands that are secured to, and follow, the curved top and bottom profile on the east side of the arch spans. The number "50" will also be created with rope lights at the center of the U.S. arch profile and at the center of the Canadian arch profile.

"The Web site shows real-time voting tabulations," said International Bridge Administration General Manager Phil Becker. "The local response has been great with the vast majority of votes coming from the twin Saults. We encourage people to take advantage of this unique opportunity in the remaining two weeks of the voting period."

Other celebration events being planned will be announced as details are finalized.

Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge: Bridging Our Past, Connecting Our Future
Related Content
 •  Bridge Traffic Cameras
 •  Traffic up, wait times down on International Bridge
 •  Hoath elected to chair International Bridge board for 2014
 •  Toll increase will secure International Bridge's future
 •  Reminder: Public hearings next week for proposed International Bridge toll increase
 •  Public hearings scheduled for proposed International Bridge toll increase
 •  International Bridge staff test fallen-worker retrieval system
 •  Customs and bridge officials work together to mitigate bridge waits
 •  Kids take note: 50th anniversary International Bridge commemorative coloring e-book available
 •  SSMBA's 2013 budget includes funding for toll plaza reconstruction
 •  Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge luncheon and 50th anniversary plaque dedication focuses on people
 •  International Bridge model contest winner built his entry "with love"
 •  Plaque unveiling to commemorate bridge anniversary
 •  Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge 50th anniversary day celebrations
 •  "Crossing Conversations" video celebrates 50 years of the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge
 •  Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority to dial back bridge fares to 1962 rates for 24 hours to observe 50th anniversary
 •  International Bridge lighting ceremony, bridge walk next week
 •  Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge 50th anniversary community celebration plans announced
 •  International Bridge Administration (IBA) prepares for 50th anniversary celebration
 •  Exchange rates prompt International Bridge toll adjustment
QR code Home
PoliciesMichigan Survey

Copyright © 2001-2014 State of Michigan