The Bluewater Bridge international border crossing is a key link between the world's two greatest trading partners. The bridge is
centrally located on the eastern border area between the U.S. and Canada, through which 80% of the trade between the two countries
passes. It is strategically placed on the major trade and transportation corridors linking Michigan and Ontario. The Port
Huron/Sarnia area is directly accessible via freeways 1-94,1-69 and Highways 402/401. Not only is the bridge part of the quickest
route between Chicago and Toronto, it is a link to the vast recreation areas of Michigan and Ontario. Located on the south end of
Lake Huron, it allows for high speed access to unlimited tourist and recreation opportunities.
The total volume of vehicles using the Bluewater Bridge more than doubled in the 1980s. By 1991 yearly volumes passed the six million mark with trucks amounting to 12% of all users. By 1995, truck usage had increased to over 20% of all traffic and continues to increase.
In recognition of these demands, the State of Michigan and the
Bluewater Bridge Authority have embarked on an aggressive
program of improvements in the last five years. This involves the complete reconstruction of customs and immigration facilities,
extensive new commercial vehicle processing areas and the addition of a second bridge spanning the St. Clair River. In total, $150
million (U.S.) is being spent to provide the highest level of service to crossing customers. Already recognized as one of the most
important U.S.-Canada border gateways, these exciting changes will ensure fast and efficient vehicle processing well into the 21 st
century. Fed by fully access-controlled, high-speed highways directly to modern custom facilities on both sides of the border, the
Bluewater Bridge will remain a strategic crossing point for the trucking industry and millions of vacationing, recreational and
commuting trips each year.
|New Customs and Immigration Building||$2.5 Million|
|New Standby Generator||$.6 Million|
|Demolition of Centre Island & Installation|
of Addition Customs Booths (9 to 12) & Toll Booths (4 to 6)
|Refurbish "C" Building for Admin. & "B"|
Building for Toll to Allow Demolition of Centre Island
|Replaced Old Customs Booths & Increased|
Number from 6 to 9. Built new Toll Plaza.
|Additional Truck Booths Increased from 3 to 7||$.65 Million|
|New Customs Commercial Facilities||$2.8 Million|