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Businesses meet with bridge authority about future of Labor Day Bridge Walk

Businesses meet with bridge authority about future of Labor Day Bridge Walk

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- Thursday night, the Mackinac Bridge Authority met with chamber of commerce members in Mackinaw City and St. Ignace to discuss the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk.

Local business had the chance to share their opinions about how things went for them this year, and what changes they would like to see for next year's event.

Business owners gave suggestions ranging from keeping certain exits open instead of closing them, to having the walk go to the middle of the bridge and turn back around.

The meeting was closed to the public and reporters were not allowed inside for the meeting, but people inside say the businesses overall thought things went well this year.

“There wasn’t anyone in there that was negative or anything like that," said R.J. Fisher, the owner of Pancake Chef in Mackinaw City. "They were all interested and offering and accepting so it was very fruitful. Nice meeting I thought.”

“It was a good community feedback," said Bob Sweeney from the Mackinac Bridge Authority. "A lot of things we’re bringing back that we’re going to improve upon next year, and then I think they got a better understanding of all the prep and work that we got into the system as well.”

The bridge authority says one of the main issues they are trying to address for next year is where people will load onto buses.

Hundreds of people were turned away from the bus line this year and couldn't walk across the bridge.

Bob Sweeney will take the suggestions from the meeting back to the Mackinac Bridge Authority board.

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