Mackinac Bridge re-opened, escorts required for some

Mackinac Bridge re-opened, escorts required for some

UPDATE — 12:01 p.m. March 16th, 2016 (EST) Currently we are experiencing winds of sufficient force in the Straits area to require an escort of certain “high profile” vehicles across the Mackinac Bridge.

Examples of high profile vehicles include pickup trucks with campers; cars with small boats, bicycles or luggage attached to the roof; Ryder or U-Haul trucks; any vehicle pulling a boat; semi-tractors with enclosed trailers and all trailers with side walls over two feet in height. High profile vehicles must be escorted.

Motorists are asked to reduce their speed to 20 miles per hour as they approach the bridge and be prepared to stop. Bridge personnel are stationed at both ends of the structure to provide instructions regarding how and when to proceed across the bridge.

All vehicles must exercise appropriate caution. The Mackinac Bridge Authority is monitoring wind speeds at various points along the structure. Additional steps will be implemented if conditions change.

ST. IGNANCE — Officials from the Mackinac Bridge Authority have informed ABC 10 that the bridge is currently closed as of 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 to high profile cars, likes trucks and buses, due to high winds.

According to it’s website motorists are being instructed to reduce their speed to 20 miles per hour as they approach the bridge and be prepared to stop. Officials say bridge personnel are stationed at both ends of the structure to provide instructions regarding how and when to proceed across the bridge. Passenger cars, passenger vans, and pick-up trucks without campers are being permitted to cross, but drivers are asked to exercise appropriate caution.

Stick with ABC 10 to find out when the bridge will be open to all vehicles again.

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