Big Mac Enters Busy Season for Traffic and Maintenance WorkWed, 02 Jun 2021 17:26:32 EDT
As traffic picks up on the Mackinac Bridge for the traditional increase in warmer season travel, so does the work required to maintain it.
The Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) says that their team of maintenance staff is out on the bridge deck, replacing pieces of the original decking, repairing deck joints, and cleaning off a winter's worth of grit tracked onto the bridge.
Officials say delays for work on the bridge are generally minimal, as most lane closures are removed for holidays and peak traffic periods, but in some cases those lane closures must remain in place even when traffic picks up.
What typically results in traffic backups at the bridge is the surge of weekend traffic from late spring through fall, particularly from 2 to 6 p.m. on Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Even with all toll booths open, the sheer volume of traffic sometimes exceeds the capacity of the toll workers.
Live traffic camera views of the bridge, updates on bridge conditions, toll rates can all be found on the MBA website (www.MackinacBridge.org)
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