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Mackinac Bridge Authority Closes Several Lanes For First Responder Training

A big painting project underway at the Mackinac Bridge and Wednesday night first responders are training to make sure they’re ready in case of an emergency.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority contracted Seaway Painting to do the more than six million dollar project that began earlier this month.

They closed lanes for several hours to conduct training.

9&10’s Blayke Roznowski was at the Mackinac Bridge to see emergency responders begin their confined space training out here on the Mackinac Bridge.

The training will go until about 9 p.m. Wednesday.

You can expect to see some flashing lights of emergency vehicles as well.

The emergency responders have been trained to move through the tight spaces within the towers, but the training will be a good refresher with the painting work just beginning.

“Get the fire rescue team familiarized with the tower itself into the cells where there could potentially go if they had to so this is a great idea and just a great opportunity for everyone involved,” Bob Sweeney, Mackinac Bridge Authority said.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority also hopes to do some further training with their employees in the future.

Stay with Northern Michigan’s News Leader as we bring you a full recap on the training efforts.