Mackinac Bridge Authority

Spanning the Straits of Mackinac since 1957

Is there anything the Authority can do to speed the falling ice process so the bridge can reopen?

Posted on November 10th, 2022

During past falling ice closures, maintenance staff has driven fully loaded plow trucks across the bridge to help shake ice loose. In very narrow circumstances, when the bulk of ice has formed on the underside of the main cables, steeplejacks have gone out onto the cables to knock ice loose. Often, however, surfaces are too slippery to safely allow maintenance workers out onto the cables.

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