SAULT STE. MARIE (WWJ/AP) – U.S. and Canadian officials are planning a celebration next month for the 50th anniversary of the bridge that links Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and its Ontario namesake.

The Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority met this week in Sault Ste. Marie for a presentation about the June observances.

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On June 28, authorities will light red and white industrial rope strands on the Canadian portion of the bridge. The U.S. side will get strands of red, white and blue.

Michigan officials say the primary celebration site will be at the Roberta Bondar Pavilion in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. A secondary is the Sault Locks viewing area on the Michigan side of the St. Marys River.

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An enhanced 26th annual bridge walk is June 30.

While it may be far away from the Metro Detroit area, the Sault Ste. Marie area is a very popular “up north” vacation destination for many tri-county residents. Get details on all the anniversary celebrations at

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