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

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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.