Wind escort issued for Mackinac Bridge

A wind escort is now in place at the Mackinac Bridge. Photo courtesy: Mackinac Bridge Authority

MACKINAC COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- The Mackinac Bridge is back open to high profile vehicles, but they must be escorted across.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority made the switch around 8:30 p.m. Friday. The bridge was completely closed to high profile vehicles from 1:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m because of high winds.

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.

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

The Mackinac Bridge Authority is monitoring wind speeds at various points along the structure. Additional steps will be implemented if conditions change. If you are planning to travel to the Straits area, please tune to AM radio 530 or 1610 for updates.

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