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Michigan Department of Transportation   Mackinac Bridge Walk Closure on Labor Day

The 2018 Annual Bridge Walk will be on Labor Day, as in past years. Beyond that, many of the other details have changed, prompting the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) to post a video explaining the procedures and options for this year's event.

The video, posted on the MBA website at https://www.mackinacbridge.org/walk/, explains how the walk has changed, including the elimination of busing and starting the walk from either St. Ignace or Mackinaw City.

"The decision in 2017 to close the bridge to public traffic during the walk for participant safety represented one of the biggest changes to the event in decades," said Bob Sweeney, executive secretary of the MBA. "The feared traffic backups did not materialize, but the issue of needing to turn people away last year prompted us to make more changes to increase opportunities for participation this year."

In 2017, despite having secured 50 percent more buses to transport walkers to the starting point, many people were not able to board them in time to participate in the walk and were turned away. By eliminating busing and instead allowing people to start from either end of the bridge up until 11:30 a.m., more people should be able to participate.

"The biggest complaint we heard about last year's event was that so many people were unable to walk," Sweeney said. "This plan cuts the significant cost and logistical problem of operating the buses, but also makes it easier for the largest number of people to participate."

Walkers essentially have three main options, outlined in the video:

  • Starting from either end of the bridge and walking toward the center, turning around at the midpoint and returning to the city they started from, where their transportation located. The turnaround points will move toward the ends of the bridge beginning at 10 a.m., but walkers can walk at least a portion of the bridge as long as they start by 11:30 a.m.
  • Walking the entire length of the bridge, starting from either end. Those who choose this option must reach the midpoint before 10 a.m., or they will be turned back. Anyone who walks the entire bridge must arrange their own transportation back to the side they started once the bridge reopens to public traffic at noon.
  • Crossing the bridge, starting from either end, and then turning around and walking back to the side they started from. In this option, walkers will need to cross the midpoint on their return trip by 10 a.m. or they will be turned back and need to find their own transportation back across the bridge after it reopens at noon.

The bridge will again be closed to public traffic during the 2018 walk, from 6:30 a.m. to noon on Labor Day, Sept. 3., based on recommendations from the Michigan State Police and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Emergency vehicles will still be permitted to cross the bridge, but no public vehicles until the walk concludes and participants are off the bridge.

8/10/2018 1:48 PM (Updated 8/14/2018 10:15 AM)

Minnesota Department of Transportation logo   Public Open House For MN-316 Improvement Project Scheduled For Aug. 21

The public and business community are invited to attend an open house to hear an update for the MN-316 Improvement Project.  The attendees will also have the opportunity to see and comment on potential design concepts for the north junction of US-61 to just south of Tuttle Drive in Hastings. The design concepts aim to improve safety and traffic flow for drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. These potential improvements may be incorporated into a 2021 MN-316 resurfacing project between the north junction of MN-61 and the south junction of US-61 in Goodhue County.

Join us anytime between 5 and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at Crossroads Church, 225 33rd Street W. in Hastings. Doors open at 5 p.m. and a short presentation is scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m.

Following the presentation, open house attendees will be asked to indicate their preference of the possible design concepts and will have the opportunity to interact with the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s project team and City of Hastings staff.

Anyone who is unable to attend the public open house can go to www.mndot.gov/metro/projects/hwy316 and give their input through or by way of  a virtual open house, which will be available online from Aug. 22 through Sept. 5.

Public input gathered at both the in-person and virtual open houses will help the project team further prioritize improvement options.

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, call 651-366-4720. To request other reasonable accommodations, call 651-366-4718; the Minnesota Relay service toll-free at 1-800-627-3529) TTY, Voice or ASCII) or 711, or email your request to adarequest.dot@state.mn.us.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1. 

8/8/2018 12:20 PM (Updated 8/11/2018 8:54 AM)

Keep Us Alive Drive 45 logo   Keep Us Alive Drive 45

Keep Us Alive Drive 45 is our commitment to keep workers and motorists safe in work zones. Each year, many people are killed in construction zone accidents, both commuters and workers. Please abide the posted speed limit in work zones. When workers are present, it's 45 M.P.H. - It's The Law.

Join us in our pledge to increase awareness and promote safe driving in our work zones by displaying an orange ribbon. Together we can make our roadways a safer place to commute and work. With your help, we can see to it that a construction zone is not an end zone.

8/21/2006 12:00 AM (Updated 1/21/2015 10:29 AM)
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