Mackinac Bridge Authority

Spanning the Straits of Mackinac since 1957

Mighty Mac chosen as platform for innovative technology

Posted on September 12th, 2016
Some engineering professors had an idea to monitor bridges with sensors powered with the vibrations generated by traffic. Think self-winding watch. Those professors, including one at Michigan State University, think they have mastered the technology. But they needed a real-world platform to try it out. Enter B… Read More

9th Annual Mackinac Bridge Antique Tractor Crossing

Posted on September 9th, 2016
The 9th Annual Mackinac Bridge Antique Tractor Crossing drew an amazing 1,326 tractors on Friday, Sept. 9. Each year the event, sponsored by Owosso Tractor Parts, has grown and evolved. This year’s event started Thursday, Sept. 8, with staging of tractors on the Mackinaw City side of the bridge. The tractors bega… Read More

45,000 strode the Mighty Mac for annual bridge walk

Posted on September 7th, 2016
Beautiful weather greeted more than 45,000 people who came to walk the Mackinac Bridge on Labor Day. It’s one of the largest crowds for the annual Mackinac Bridge Walk since the 50th anniversary walk in 2007, when 60,000 walked the bridge. Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) Executive Secretary Bob Sweeney said… Read More

Mackinac Bridge posters and tokens

Posted on September 6th, 2016
If you’ve got a Mackinac Bridge fan in the family, the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) has anniversary posters, commemorative tokens, and medallions available for purchase by mail or in the authority’s administration building in St. Ignace. “Admirers of the bridge who missed out on the first run of anniver… Read More

Mackinac Bridge Walk less than a week away

Posted on September 1st, 2016
Gov. Rick Snyder will lead the expected 40,000 walkers across the 5-mile span beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, Sept. 5. Walkers can start across the bridge up until 11 a.m., and buses are available to bring walkers from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace for $5. All details on the walk are available on the Mackinac Bridge Authority… Read More

Late summer brings peak traffic, special events to the Mackinac Bridge

Posted on August 22nd, 2016
Most would agree that summer goes by too fast in northern Michigan. But August doesn’t just mark the end of summer at the Mackinac Bridge; it’s the annual peak of traffic with a host of fun events ahead. Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) Executive Secretary Bob Sweeney believes this late-summer traffic s… Read More

Gov. Rick Snyder makes reappointments to the Mackinac Bridge Authority

Posted on June 30th, 2016
Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Barbara Brown of St. Ignace and Patrick “Shorty” Gleason of Davison to the Mackinac Bridge Authority. Housed in the Michigan Department of Transportation, the seven-member Mackinac Bridge Authority is responsible for the maintenance and operation of… Read More

Mackinac Bridge tokens and anniversary posters

Posted on February 8th, 2016
If you’ve got a Mackinac Bridge fan in the family, the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) has anniversary posters, commemorative tokens, and medallions available for purchase by mail or in the authority’s administration building in St. Ignace.
“Admirers of the bridge who missed out on the first run of anniver… Read More

Falling ice prompts temporary Mackinac Bridge closure

Posted on January 26th, 2016
Accumulated ice falling from the Mackinac Bridge has prompted bridge officials to close it to traffic temporarily as a safety precaution.
Warmer temperatures and increased sun have loosened ice that formed on the bridge’s towers and cables, causing some of it to fall on the driving lanes below. The Mackinac Brid… Read More

Mackinac Bridge traffic up each month in 2015

Posted on January 13th, 2016
The Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) announced today that bridge traffic during each of the last 13 months has increased over the prior year, a positive trend through 2015. “The improving economy is likely the largest factor driving this increase in traffic, with low fuel prices, our special events, and trav… Read More