Gaylord Businesses Prepare For Extra Crowds On Labor Day


Changes to the Mackinac Bridge Walk this Labor Day weekend have businesses ready for an influx of travelers with time on their hands.

From 6:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Monday, the Mackinac Bridge will be completely closed to vehicle traffic for the Annual Bridge Walk.

Traffic could back up for many miles, causing travelers to stop and spend time and money in cities along the way.

Businesses in Gaylord say Labor Day weekend is usually one of their busiest weekends, but this year they are planning to be even busier on Labor Day.

“I have boxes and boxes that have come in so I’m hoping to get everything out for the busy weekend,” said Linda Morgan, owner of Wooly Buggers.

“Our plans are just basically to brace for whatever comes,” said Adam Knuteson, assistant general manager for Alpine Tavern.

With the Mackinac Bridge being closed for the first time, businesses don’t know what to expect so they’re prepared for any size crowd.

“It’s kind of like the last big hoorah for summer I think and as far as the bridge being closed, I think it’ll bring more people down in Gaylord; it’s a busy time down here,” said Morgan.

“It’ll be one final push and with the bridge closing down and all the extra traffic we’re kind of looking for that extra oomph we need for those extra numbers,” aid Knuteson.

Michigan State Police and the Mackinac Bridge Authority hope all of their preparation and information given in advance, alleviate some of the backups on the roads.

“We’re going to have signage coming up all the way through Michigan and across the Upper Peninsula,” said Lieutenant Derrick Carroll, from the Gaylord Post.

But as a reminder for bridge-crossers on Monday…

“It’s closed for all traffic so just be prepared, pack your patience and if there’s somewhere you can start later or get an earlier start, that would be great,” said Lieutenant Carroll.

We will have continuing coverage of the Mackinac Bridge Walk so stay with 9&10 News for the latest updates.