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Bridge Will Have Mechanics, Port-A-Johns For Stuck Motorists On Labor Day

Sep 4, 2017

Labor Day Bridge Walk on Mackinac Bridge
Credit P.W Hatcher / flickr.com

The Mackinac Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic this morning.  The bridge authority is ready to deal with long traffic backups and other inconveniences to holiday travelers.


The bridge authority will set up rest stations with snacks and drinks.  It’s rented 250 port-a-johns to be set up on the highways leading to the bridge.  And two roving mechanics will assist stranded motorists while the bridge is closed to traffic during the annual Labor Day bridge walk, says the bridge authority’s Bob Sweeney. 

“The reason we’re closing the bridge to all traffic is a recommendation by the Michigan State Police and Homeland Security based on emerging threats around the world.” 

Sweeney says it would be too easy for a terrorist to drive into the crowd of thousands of people who participate in the bridge walk.   He says the bridge will close at 6:30 AM and re-open at noon.

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— Rick Pluta is the Managing Editor and Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org