2017-05-18 / Front Page

Bridge Closed to Cars During Labor Day Walk

Most vehicle traffic across the Mackinac Bridge will be halted for 5.5 hours during the Labor Day Bridge Walk this year. The measure, police say, is a safeguard against acts of terrorism and other violent protests.

The bridge will be closed to all vehicles except shuttle busses and emergency vehicles from 6:30 a.m. to noon Monday, September 4, while thousands of pedestrians walk the bridge during the annual crossing, now in its 59th year.

The 7 a.m. walk from St. Ignace to Mackinaw City will be preceded at 6:40 a.m. by the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness Jog and a 6:55 greeting from Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

Busses to shuttle walkers between Mackinaw City and St. Ignace will begin at 4:30 a.m. and make their last trips at 11:30 a.m. to clear the bridge of walkers for the reopening of the bridge to vehicular traffic at noon. Walkers will not be allowed to start the walk after 10 a.m.

The new procedures were announced by the Mackinac Bridge Authority following a special meeting Tuesday, May 16, during which police agencies and the U. S. Department of Homeland Security proposed them.

A complete account of the new procedures will appear in the next edition of The St. Ignace News.


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