Despite Board Member Turnover, New Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority Set to Meet for First Time in St. Ignace

Last week, Governor Rick Snyder announced who would sit on the board of the newly formed Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority, but on the eve of their first meeting there’s some uncertainty.

The board is expected to oversee the planned utility tunnel that will house a new Enbridge pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.

It was created after the governor’s original plan, to have the Mackinac Bridge Authority oversee it, was met with controversy.

Snyder originally appointed two democrats and a republican to serve on the authority.

Since then, a democrat, Geno Allesandrini, and republican, Mike Zimmer both stepped down.

They’ve been replaced by two different republicans.

Mike Nystrom, EVP of MITA, is the newest appointee.

He says it’s an honor, adding that his background working on infrastructure projects will be an asset to the board.

“I really am honored to step up to the plate, take advantage of this opportunity, other folks had their reasons to not be involved, I looked at this and said you know what? I look forward to the challenge, I look forward to diving in deep and helping to make this thing happen,” Nystrom, said.

The board will meet for the first time on Wednesday in St. Ignace.