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Crossing The Big Mac, Keep The Extra Cash

Posted Saturday, July 12th 2014 @ 8am  by WOOD RADIO news team

Good news for drivers making the trip across the Mackinac Bridge.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority has again delayed the next planned toll increase at least two more years citing improved financial projections and aggressive maintenance work extending the service life of the span linking Michigan's two peninsulas.  Even with delaying the planned toll increase for two more years, financial projections show the bridge should have sufficient funding based on current trends.

In July 2013, the board voted to keep 2014 toll rates at the 2012 level, which includes a per-trip toll of $4 for passenger vehicles. The decision also rolled back commuter costs to 2012 rates. Incremental toll increases were implemented between 2008 and 2013, with future action hinging on existing 2013 revenues.

The 56-year-old Mackinac Bridge is maintained, and continues to operate, exclusively with toll revenue.

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