Mackinac Bridge Authority Releases Updated Video Explaining 2022 Mackinac Bridge Walk
The annual Mackinac Bridge Walk is back, and with an updated video by the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) explaining people’s options for participation in the event.
Due to the option of starting in either St. Ignace or Mackinaw City, the video focuses on the schedule of the walk and what choices people can make based on their starting points.
“With three years of experience starting the event from both St. Ignace and Mackinaw City, we’re finding that most participants are comfortable with this newer version of our long-standing tradition,” said MBA Bridge Director Kim Nowack. “Every year things go a bit more smoothly, and we hear more support for the variety of options to participate.”
The three main options outline in the video are as follows:
- Participants can start from either end of the bridge, walk halfway and then turn and walk back to the city they started from. The turnaround points will move toward the ends of the bridge beginning at 10 a.m., but walkers can walk at least a portion of the bridge if they start by 11:30 a.m. Everyone must be on the side of the bridge they wish to return to before 10 a.m.
- Another option is walking the entire length of the bridge starting from either end. If you choose this option, then you have to reach the midway point by 10 a.m. or you will be turned back. Anyone who walks the entire bridge must arrange their own transportation back to the side they started on once traffic reopens at noon.
- The last option was crossing the bridge from either end and then turning around and walking back to the side they started from. Walkers would have to cross the midpoint on their return trip by 10 a.m. or they will be turned back and need to find their own transportation when the bridge reopens at noon.
Just like 2018, 2019 and 2021 there will be no buses transporting participants across the bridge since they can start on either end.
The bridge will also be closed to public traffic from 6:30 a.m. until noon on Labor Day, September 5. Emergency vehicles will still be permitted to cross the bridge.
The bridge walk has been an annual event since 1958, with the exception of 2020 when the walk was cancelled due to COVID. The 2022 walk will be the 64th event.
Between 20,000 and 30,000 people have participated in recent years. In 2021 the number of participants was 21,000.
To watch the full video, click here.