Update: March 20

Independence Bridge Update

Preparing for the Opening of Shipping Season


The temporary full closure of Independence Bridge resumed this week and will continue through April 14 at 6pm.

This work is necessary NOW to prepare for the return of the shipping season on the river in mid April. Our construction, design, and engineering teams are conducting a process called “commissioning” whereby we install, test and adjust a multitude of components, sensors and safety features on the movable spans to ensure they raise and lower for shipping traffic. We will also be pouring concrete on the bascule decking in staggered phases. This is work we cannot do with traffic present on the bridge.

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes the community and sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding as we complete this important phase of Indy’s construction and rehabilitation. We are still on track to reopen all four newly rehabbed lanes by the end of 2024.

Meanwhile, our customer service team is here to help you!

  • City of Bay City residents driving a Class 1 passenger vehicle with a transponder are FREE on Liberty Bridge until 2028 and FREE on Independence Bridge until 2030. The only requirement to obtain a transponder is to provide a valid vehicle registration. Please call or stop by if you haven’t created a BC-PASS account yet.
  • Non-residents may choose to pay $15/mo for unlimited crossings on both Liberty and Independence Bridge (one pass works on both bridges) OR $2 per crossing.
  • Anyone who receives a Pay-by-Mail invoice for traveling over Liberty without a transponder (BC-PASS or compatible E-ZPass) can reduce their initial bill by creating a BC-PASS account.
  • Anyone who creates an account by March 31 will be entered into a drawing for a $500 Giveaway.
BC Pass

If you haven’t already done so, here are three easy options to create a BC-PASS account:

  • Online: bc-pass.com
  • In person: 300 Center Avenue, Suite 101,
    open M-TH 8:30am-6:00pm and Fri 8:30am-4:30pm
  • By phone: 989-272-2038, M-TH 8:30am-6:00pm and Fri 8:30am-4:30pm