Scenic USA - Michigan

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Mighty Mac

Mackinac Bridge, Michigan

Photo by Jack Ryan
Feature Article by Monnie Ryan
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     The Mackinac Bridge, which spans the Straits of Mackinac to join Michiganís Upper and Lower peninsulas, celebrated 50 years in 2007. Dubbed Mighty Mac, the bridge stretches out for five miles including its approaches, and is among some of the longest suspension bridges in the world.
     Construction of the toll bridge, maintained by the Mackinac Bridge Authority, began in May 1954, and it was opened to traffic on Nov. 1, 1957. The total length of the suspension bridge, including anchorages, is 8,614 feet, and construction cost nearing 100 million dollars. At mid-span, the roadway is approximately 200 feet above water level. Designed to accommodate changes in wind, temperature and weight, the deck at the center span could move as much as 35 feet to the east or west under severe wind conditions.
Four lanes of Interstate 75 accommodate thousands of vehicles each day. Each year on Labor Day, two lanes of the bridge are closed to vehicle traffic for the annual Mackinac Bridge Walk sponsored by the Mackinac Bridge Authority, the Upper Peninsula's St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce and the Lower Peninsula's Greater Mackinaw Area Chamber of Commerce.



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