GROSSE ILE, Mich. (WXYZ) — An increase in prices on the Grosse Ile Toll Bridge has some people outraged. Not only because they'll be paying more to get across the privately-owned bridge, but the timing as well.
The price on the number of axles, or combination a vehicle has, saw a price increase. Matt Smith, owner of M & S Lawn and Landscape based out of Woodhaven, says the price to get his equipment over the bridge jumped from $12 to $24.
“To me it just seems like price gouging,” said Smith.
There are two ways to get onto Grosse Ile; one way is the Parkway Bridge owned by Wayne County. That bridge is currently closed for construction, so people are forced to take the toll bridge.
“He’s got all this extra business that he didn’t have before when the free bridge was open, then just out of the blue with no warning he decided to double his prices,” said Smith.
7 Action News did reach out to the Grosse Ile Bridge Company. They declined an on-camera interview but did email a statement:
“Grosse Ile Bridge Company user fee toll rates are based on the number of axles a vehicle or combination vehicle has. No change was made to the user fee for cars, the user fee for "Dually" pickup trucks was actually reduced. The user fee toll rates are based on the wear and tear attributed to the different vehicles crossing the bridge. Grosse Ile Bridge Company maintains this 107 year old bridge in excellent condition providing a safe connection to Grosse Ile and the mainland without government support.”
A representative with Wayne County says the Parkway Bridge is on track to be reopened this December. Once that happens, vehicles that saw an increase at prices at the toll bridge will be able to cross the Parkway Bridge for free.