UPDATE: Mackinaw Bridge Escorting “High Profile” Vehicles Due to High Winds
UPDATE: The Mackinac Bridge Authority has just announced the bridge is now open to all traffic, but will continue escorting “High Profile” vehicles across, due to high winds.
The person 9&10 News just spoke with says they were experiencing 52 MPH winds with gusts up to 60 MPH, in the Straits Area.
Motorists are asked to reduce their speed to 20 MPH as they approach the bridge, and be prepared to stop.
Bridge personnel are stationed at both ends of the structure to provide instructions regarding how and when to proceed across the bridge.
Certain “high profile” vehicles will be escorted across the Bridge.
These types of vehicles include: pickup trucks with campers; cars with small boats, bicycles, or luggage attached to the roof; Ryder or U-Haul trucks; any vehicle pulling a boat; semi-tractors with enclosed trailers; and all trailers with side walls over two feet in height.
However, all vehicles must exercise appropriate caution.
The Mackinac Bridge authority is monitoring wind speeds at various points along the structure. And, additional steps will be implemented if conditions change.
If you are planning to travel to the Straits Area, you are asked to tune in to AM radio 530 or 1610, for updates.
You can also stay with 9&10 News, as we continue following this potentially hazardous weather, throughout the day.