How windy does it have to be to close the Mackinac Bridge?

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How windy does it have to be to close the Mackinac Bridge?

65 mph
A bridge official said sustained winds of 65 mph are typically what will prompt officials to close the bridge to all traffic.

How many people have died from falling off the Mackinac Bridge?

During the construction of the Mackinac Bridge in the 1950’s, five men unfortunately lost their lives. One man died in a diving accident; one man fell in a caisson while welding; one man fell into the water and drowned; and two men fell from a temporary catwalk near the top of north tower.

How long does it take to walk across the Mackinac Bridge?

about two hours
Please note, there are no restrooms on the bridge and the average length of time to walk the bridge is about two hours. Portable toilets will be available in St. Ignace and Mackinaw City. Baby strollers and wheelchairs are allowed on the bridge during the walk.

Can someone drive you over the Mackinac Bridge?

Instead of you driving yourself, someone will do it for you. Seriously – “The Mackinac Bridge Authority’s Drivers Assistance Program was created specifically to help those drivers” that fear crossing the 5-mile long bridge. Just call the MBADAP and someone will drive you, in your own car, across the bridge.

How deep is the water under the Mackinac Bridge?


Height of Main Towers above Water 552 Ft 168.25 Meters
Maximum Depth of Tower Piers below Water 210 Ft. 64 Meters
Height of Roadway above Water at Midspan 199 Ft. 61 Meters
Underclearance at Midspan for Ships 155 Ft. 47 Meters
Maximum Depth of Water at Piers 142 Ft. 43 Meters

What car blew off the Mackinac Bridge?

In one terrible and highly publicized incident, Leslie Ann Pluhar came to a stop in her ’87 blue Yugo on the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan, attempting to wait out high winds, when a 55-mph gust blew her car over the edge. She did not survive the accident.

Did Mackinac Bridge ever collapse?

With more than 150 million crossings since the bridge opened in November 1957, only two vehicles have ever plunged from the bridge to the Straits of Mackinac below.

Do you need ID to cross the Mackinac Bridge?

There is a toll and you will need your passport. Mackinaw City/St. Ignace: Bicyclists are not allowed to cross the Mackinac Bridge on their own. The Mackinac Bridge Authority will transport you across the bridge in Mackinac Bridge Authority vehicles.

Are there any weather conditions on the Mackinac Bridge?

Currently there are no significant weather conditions to report to motorists planning to cross the Mackinac Bridge. Full condition report Welcome to the Mackinac Bridge Website!

When is the Mackinac Bridge Walk in 2021?

8 weeks until the 2021 Mackinac Bridge Walk! This beloved event is on for Labor Day, Sept. 6, 2021, and we hope you can join us! Event details at #MightyMacWalk21

What is the mission statement of the Mackinac Bridge Authority?

Mission Statement: The Mackinac Bridge Authority is committed to preserve and maintain the State of Michigan’s single largest asset and one of the world’s leading suspension bridges to provide safe, pleasurable and expedient passage over the Straits of Mackinac for economic benefit and improved quality of life.

What’s the current condition of the Straits of Mackinac?

When you are traveling in the Straits area, please tune to AM radio 530 or 1610 for condition updates and for information about things to see and do. We hope that your trip is enjoyable and that you’ll visit the Straits of Mackinac often.

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