The Bay City Commission provided a unanimous vote Monday regarding an agreement with United Bridge Partners, allowing the company to demolish and build a new Independence Bridge while rehabilitating Liberty Bridge over the next five years.

City officials defended the deal as the best of any of the alternatives including a possible county wide millage which Bay Area Chamber of Commerce  polling indicated had little public support. But many in the audience complained the city favored UBP  compared to any other potentially interested  company from the beginning.

City residents will have a five year moratorium after bridge work is completed before having to start paying tolls.