Rep. Cole discusses changes announced for 2017 Mackinac Bridge Walk

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State Rep. Triston Cole today applauded the decision to close the Mackinac Bridge to most vehicle traffic during the 2017 Annual Bridge Walk on Labor Day. The Michigan State Police, U.S Department of Homeland Security and Mackinac Bridge Authority recommended the decision.

“The Mackinac Bridge Authority Board members considered a very tough decision when they decided not to allow unauthorized vehicles on the Mackinac Bridge during the 2017 Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk,” said Rep. Cole of Mancelona. “Safety is always a concern and the bridge is a very important gateway to link the peninsulas. I applaud the board for its difficult deliberation and determination to keep the walkers on Labor Day safe to enjoy the beauty of the Straits of Mackinac.”

Each year, between 30,000 and 60,000 people from several states and countries come to the Mackinac Bridge for the Annual Bridge Walk, which has taken place since 1958. Roughly 9,000 vehicles cross the bridge during the event hours, with many of them carrying participants in the walk.

The event will begin at 6:40 a.m. Sept. 4, 2017 with the start of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness Jog followed by a greeting from Gov. Rick Snyder at 6:55 a.m. Walkers will begin to cross the bridge at 7 a.m.

No walkers will be permitted to begin the walk after 10 a.m., as it takes roughly one-and-a half hours to complete the crossing. Buses will begin picking up any remaining walkers on the bridge at 11:30 a.m. to ensure the bridge is clear and can reopen to traffic promptly at noon.