Toll hike Aug. 1 on Seaway International Bridge

In this December 22, 2014, file photo, a minivan heads toward the toll booth at the foot of the north channel bridge in Cornwall, Ont. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – The price to cross the bridge to the United States in Cornwall will be going up in August.

The Seaway International Bridge Corporation announced Tuesday afternoon fares will be bumped 25 cents per one-way trip to $3.50 for cars.

Similar adjustments will be made to other vehicle classes, said the corporation.

The SIBC defends the hike saying it has “done everything possible” in its power to control costs and overhead expenses but it needs more money to pay for “significant projects” like bridge painting and maintenance.

It lays part of the blame on a 50 per cent decline in revenues from truck traffic due to the closures of Domtar, GM and Alcoa.

This will be the first hike to tolls in a decade.

The corporation is slated to collect $3.3 million in tolls this fiscal year.

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