Average Winter Traffic Numbers Decrease at Mackinac Bridge, Tour - Northern Michigan's News Leader

Average Winter Traffic Numbers Decrease at Mackinac Bridge, Tourism Increases in St. Ignace

Posted: Updated:

Winter traffic is down slightly at the Mackinac Bridge, but that doesn't seem to be hurting business in St. Ignace.

The St. Ignace Visitors Bureau says hotel reservations for the winter have been up.

In December, bridge traffic decreased by 2.5-percent from the year before.

In January, traffic rebounded slightly, showing a .3-percent increase, but then fell again in February with a 7.8-percent reduction in traffic.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority says the winter months are known to be slower, so the slight change will not have a large impact on overall traffic numbers.

The bridge authority says they have seen an increase in snowmobile trailers heading north.

That's likely contributing to the increase in tourism in St. Ignace.

The owner of the Driftwood Restaurant, Sports Bar and Motel says they've been busier this winter.

9&10's Christina Vecchioni and photojournalist Eric Davis have more details from St. Ignace.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Assessing Spring Storm Damage

    Assessing Spring Storm Damage

    Monday, April 14 2014 2:13 PM EDT2014-04-14 18:13:04 GMT
    Credit: Katy MarshlafiffCredit: Katy Marshlafiff
    Most of the heavy rain has ended, now people across Northern Michigan are beginning to assess the damage and start cleanup.   Mecosta and Osceola counties were hit the hardest.   You can see the weekend
    Most of the heavy rain has ended, now people across Northern Michigan are beginning to assess the damage and start cleanup.   Mecosta and Osceola counties were hit the hardest.   You can see the weekend
  • 3 dead, 1 hurt in Michigan motorbike crash

    3 dead, 1 hurt in Michigan motorbike crash

    Authorities say a dirt bike collided with a motorcycle in southeastern Michigan, leaving three dead and a fourth person seriously hurt.
    Authorities say a dirt bike collided with a motorcycle in southeastern Michigan, leaving three dead and a fourth person seriously hurt.
  • Schauer Running For Michigan Governor

    Schauer Running For Michigan Governor

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:56 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:56:35 GMT
    Former Democratic Congressman Mark Schauer turned in 27,000 signatures in his official bid to run for governor. Supporters joined Schauer today at the Secretary of State office in Lansing. He's the only
    Former Democratic Congressman Mark Schauer turned in 27,000 signatures in his official bid to run for governor. Supporters joined Schauer today at the Secretary of State office in Lansing. He's the only