Mackinac Bridge toll to go up Jan. 1 - WNEM TV 5

Mackinac Bridge toll to go up Jan. 1

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LANSING, MI (WNEM) -

Get ready to dig deeper into your pocket when driving across the Mackinac Bridge.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority reminds motorists the commuter toll rate will increase on that date. The new commuter rate will be $2.10 per crossing, provided commuter card holders make their return trip within 36 hours of the first one.

The expiration date for commuter cards was eliminated in July 2012.

After a series of public hearings in December 2007, the MBA board opted for incremental toll rate increases to help fund a long-term maintenance and preservation program that includes a complete bridge deck-replacement project within the next decade.

The 55-year-old Mackinac Bridge is maintained and operated exclusively with toll revenue.

The MBA says it will work diligently on its long-term preservation strategy to continuously review and implement a variety of cost-saving measures, as appropriate, in the future.

Other toll rates on the bridge will remain the same.

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