Canadian Plaza Redevelopment Project



In 2009, the federal government announced a significant new investment of $44M to redevelop the Canadian Customs Plaza in Sault Ste. Marie. This project is being managed by St. Mary’s River Bridge Company (SMRBC) through a contribution agreement with Transport Canada.

The St. Mary’s River internastional Bridge is the only port of entry for cars and trucks traveling between Canada and the U.S. for a section of the border stretching from Sarnia to Pigeon River, a distance of 1,300 km. Intermodal studies have clearly indicated Sault Ste. Marie’s strategic position as a major hub with capacity to ensure the flow of goods from international ports to the U.S. market. For this reason, this project is of major importance for the economic growth and job creation in the Sault Ste Marie area.

 View of the new Canadian Customs Plaza   Different view showing the new International Bridge Administration (IBA) garage  

Views of the new Canadian Customs Plaza and
the International Bridge Administration (IBA) garage

The new plaza infrastructure project at the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge will result in:

  • increased border security requirements;
  • an anticipated increase in commercial truck traffic arising from Sault Ste. Marie’s multi modal initiative; and
  • a new truck route from Highway 17 (Carmen’s Way) to the current Canadian Plaza.

The project scope of work will involve the construction of:

  • 7 primary inspection lanes comprising: 4 passenger lanes, 2 bi- level lanes for cars and trucks and 1 truck lane;
  • a bus inspection area;
  • a new traffic and commercial facilities, widening of the bridge approach ramp and new infrastructure, including support for NEXUS and the Free and Secure Trade (or “FAST”) frequent traveler programs; and
  • a new building to house brokerage operations and a duty free shop.