Mackinac Bridge credit card toll project delayed even further

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("Mackinac Bridge" by Brian Rawson-Ketchum, CC BY-SA 2.0)

ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — A project that would allow drivers to pay the Mackinac Bridge‘s toll with a credit card has been seriously delayed.

MLive reports the upgrade has been in the works for about four years.

Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act records request show technical glitches, stalled contract negotiations and a near-six month unexplained absence of the primary subcontractor have held up the project, which is several hundred thousand dollars over the initial budget.

Michigan Department of Transportation officials said in August that they hoped to have credit card processing in the booths by the end of 2016.

Jim Normandin, the bridge system upgrade project manager with the state’s Department of Technology, Management and Budget, says officials are now hoping to have the upgrade in place by Memorial Day.

 

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  1. Technical glitches? That’s nonsense. Does government know how to do anything efficiently and in a timely manner? For crying out loud, this is not rocket science, nor is it a large project. 4 years is unacceptable. The Governor should set the goal of “get this done by May 15” and hold people accountable to get it done by that date. And hire a few sharp high school seniors to solve the “technical glitches”.

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