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December 23, 2009

10:32am : Big Mac crossing toll hiked

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Crossing the five-mile span linking Michigan’s two peninsulas gets more expensive in the new year.

The toll for passenger vehicles to cross the Mackinac Bridge goes from $3 to $3.50 effective Jan. 1. Tolls for motor homes, buses and large trucks increases from $3.50 to $4.50 per axle.

The increases are part of a series of gradual fare boosts the Mackinac Bridge Authority approved in December 2007. The authority voted by 2014 to increase fares for passenger vehicles to $4.50 and trucks and motor homes to $6.

Bridge officials say they need more money for essential maintenance work on the 52-year-old span. The Mighty Mac is expected to undergo a complete deck replacement within a decade.

The bridge is maintained and operated exclusively with tolls.

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