The Mackinac Bridge - Walk on It on the Labor Day
The Mackinac Bridge over the Straits of Mackinac is one of the longest suspension bridges in the state of Michigan, United States. This bridge, which is beautifully lighted up at night, is the central artery connecting Michigan lower with the Upper Peninsula. The total length of the Mackinac Bridge is 26,372 feet with the length of the suspension span covering over 8000 feet. The width of the roadways is 54 feet. The height of the roadway at mid span is approximately 200 feet above water level. This bridge was designed in such a way as to accommodate wind, change in temperature and weight. The deck at center span of Mackinac can move as much as 35 feet, east to west, due to severe wind conditions. The deck could move slowly in one direction and not swing heavily. The weight of the vehicles crossing the bridge, bring it back into centre position after the wind subsides. This steel superstructure supports 1 ton per lineal foot per roadway. This acrylic fridge magnet souvenir, with a depiction of the Mackinac Bridge is an excellent memento for tourists, as an architectural gem.
Interesting Facts about the Mackinac Bridge
The Mackinac Bridge isn't pronounced the way it is spelled. It is uttered as Mac-in-now Bridge. The bridge was first opened to traffic in 1957. This is the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere. The bridge authority charges a small fee every time a car crosses the bridge. In 1992, President George Bush, on Labor Day walked through the bridge. Every year on Labor Day, pedestrians are allowed to walk the length of the bridge. This walking is a big event where people from all over the world come to participate.