When the Mackinac Bridge opened in 1957, it saved travelers, especially in the winter a days travel around Lake Michigan. The bridge stands strong and has withstood some of the most extreme weather in the U.S.
According to the MBA “All suspension bridges are designed to move to accommodate wind, change in temperature, and weight. It is possible that the deck at center span could move as much as 35 feet (east or west) due to high winds. This would only happen under severe wind conditions. The deck would not swing or “sway” but rather move slowly in one direction based on the force and direction of the wind. After the wind subsides, the weight of the vehicles crossing would slowly move it back into center position.”
The Michigan Department of Transportation states on their website, “The Mackinac Bridge is located on Interstate 75 in northern Michigan at the Straits of Mackinac.The iconic bridge connects Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas. Mackinaw City is located at the south end of the bridge, while St. Ignace is located at the north end.”
Some fun facts: (Source)
- During the early years, the passenger car fare of $7.50 round trip was a day’s wages and casual travel was minimal.
- At the north end of the Bridge is Bridge View Park and the nearby Father Marquette Memorial.
- At the south end is Fort Michilimackinac State Historic Park.
- Since 2004, the Old Mackinaw Point Lighthouse has been opened to the public.
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Photo Credit – Nighttime Image of Bridge