Mackinac Bridge Authority

Spanning the Straits of Mackinac since 1957

I heard the new paint the Authority is using is causing more ice to form on the bridge. Even if it isn’t, what about using icephobic paint to prevent ice formation?

Posted on November 10th, 2022

It’s not the paint, we’ve been assured by our painting contractors and other experts. Icephobic paint is certainly something we can explore for future painting, but that type of paint is currently only in the research stages for the aviation industry. The Authority recently completed a multiyear, multimillion dollar repainting project on the bridge towers (the first time those structures have been completely stripped and repainted since the bridge was opened in 1957). Painting the bridge cables is an ongoing process, so there is potential to introduce some paint advances in future work.

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