Mackinac Bridge Authority

Spanning the Straits of Mackinac since 1957

I hear what the Authority is saying about the danger of falling ice, but I’m willing to take the risk. I mean, what are the chances? I’ll sign a liability waiver; why can’t you just let me go?

Posted on November 10th, 2022

We can’t, and won’t, allow non-emergency traffic across the bridge during a falling ice closure. We’ve seen up close the size and shape of the ice that falls from the towers and cables, as well as the damage it has done to vehicles over the years. A piece like that coming through your windshield from 300 feet up? Deadly. If a motorist was allowed to cross at their own risk and was struck by falling ice, Authority and emergency personnel would then be at risk responding to the situation. We know this is a dangerous situation, so there’s no waiver you could sign that would let us in good conscience allow you to risk it.

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