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  Mackinac Bridge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Mackinac Bridge (pronounced [ˈmækɪˌnɔː], like MACK-in-aw, note the silent "c", and affectionately known as the "Mighty Mac" or "Big Mac"), is a suspension bridge spanning the Straits of Mackinac to connect the non-contiguous upper and lower peninsulas of the U.S. state of Michigan.
The bridge opened on November 1, 1957, and a year later was formally dedicated as "the world's longest suspension bridge between anchorages".
Five workers died in the construction of the bridge: three iron workers died in a catwalk collapse, one iron worker fell from the north tower, and one diver surfaced too quickly and died from "the bends." Contrary to folklore, no bodies are buried in the concrete of the bridge.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mackinac_Bridge   (1618 words)

 Mackinac Bridge   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The Mackinac Bridge is the longest [[suspension Bridge in the United States.]] The Mackinac Bridge (pronounced MACK-in-aw, and affectionately known as the "Mighty Mac" or "Big Mac"), is a suspension bridge spanning the Straits of Mackinac to connect the non-contiguous upper and lower peninsulas of the U.S. state of Michigan.
The idea of the Bridge was discussed in the Michigan Legislature as early as the 1880s, inspired in part by the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.
The design of the Mackinac Bridge was directly influenced by the catastrophic failure of the first Tacoma Narrows Bridge in 1940 due to instability in high winds.
mackinac-bridge.iqnaut.net   (948 words)

 NSPE's Engineering Times
It is the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere and the third longest in the world, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.
Currently, the bridge's sole funding source is fare revenue from the bridge's toll collection, according to the Mackinac Bridge Authority, a self-sufficient operation.
Fare revenues from the bridge are used to operate and maintain the bridge and repay the State of Michigan for monies advanced to the Mackinac Bridge Authority after the bridge opened to traffic in 1957, the authority reports.
www.nspe.org /etweb/1d-03mackinacbridge.asp   (870 words)

 Suspension Bridge Projects
The bridge was opened to traffic, according to the schedule on November 1, 1957.
When completed, it will be the longest bridge of its type in the world, surpassing the Humber Bridge in the U.K. which has a center span of 1410 meters.
The 1,600-foot-long main suspension span for the Williamsburg Bridge exceeded the previous record-holder, the Brooklyn Bridge, by four and one-half feet.
bridgepros.com /projects/suspension_bridge_projects.htm   (964 words)

The Mackinac Bridge, spanning the Straits of Mackinac, connecting the Upper and Lower Peninsula of Michigan, stands as one of man's greatest engineering and construction achievements.
Bridging five miles of open water which was formly only served by ferries, the crossing is made in minutes, where previously delays of 36 hours, and longer could be encountered.
The bridge is operated and maintained by the State of Michigan Mackinac Bridge Authority, it is constantly kept in mint condition by paint and service crews.
www.lighthouselane.net /bridge.html   (331 words)

 School with a view  [Michigan Education Report]
The Mackinac Island Public School, a school with a spectacular view of the Mackinac Bridge and mainland, serves nearly 80 students and operates year-round.
For the students and staff of Mackinac Island Public School, and the island's 500 year-round residents, these logistical details are simply a way of life-and one they consider a small price to pay for the majestic view and the benefits of living on the island.
Mackinac students travel, often via plane, to other small school districts, or fly the other school's teams to the island for a weekend of competing.
www.mackinac.org /pubs/mer/article.asp?ID=4068   (1054 words)

 Group hopes to see Mighty Mackinac Bridge on U.S. stamp
A stamp of the Mackinac Bridge was released in 1958, the last 3-cent commemorative stamp issued by the service.
The idea of a bridge spanning the five miles between the peninsulas was considered a "pipe dream" by many, Moehl said.
Moehl said the bridge changed the maritime views from both peninsulas and also helped draw so many tourists that today the bridge and straits are the most visited place in Michigan - as many as three million tourists each year from all over the country and world.
www.record-eagle.com /2005/mar/20stamp.htm   (395 words)

The Mackinac Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere and a favorite landmark in the State of Michigan.
The bridge connects the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan.
June 6, 2006 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) today announced a special ceremony will be held on Friday, June 16, commemorating the eight state-operated car ferries that helped millions of passengers cross the Straits of Mackinac prior to completion of the Mackinac Bridge in 1957.
www.michigan.gov /mdot/0,1607,7-151-9618_11016---,00.html   (246 words)

 Mackinac Bridge Walk - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Mackinac Bridge Walk is an annual event held every Labor Day since 1958 in Michigan in which people may walk the length of the Mackinac Bridge.
The northbound lanes on the bridge are reserved for pedestrians—although the walkers head south—with the southbound side carrying two-way vehicular traffic.
Ignace side of the bridge in the Upper Peninsula and proceed southerly to Mackinaw City in the Lower Peninsula.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mackinac_Bridge_Walk   (445 words)

 Mackinac Bridge Home
The Mackinac Bridge is the one of the world's most beautiful bridges and the longest suspension bridge in the Americas, with a total length of 8,614 feet suspended.
Ground was broken to build the Mackinac Bridge on May 7, 1954 and the bridge opened to the public (and the ferries were shut down) on November 1, 1957.
At the north end of the Bridge is Bridge View Park and the nearby Father Marquette Memorial.
www.mightymac.org /bridge.htm   (443 words)

 Mackinac Bridge Historic Suspension Bridge in Michigan on I-75 Between Mackinaw City and St. Ignace over Straits of ...
It held the title of longest bridge in the world for a very long time, and is still the longest bridge in the western hemisphere.
This bridge also set records for safety when it was completed, with extensive stiffening truss, as well as air-flow grating, which reduced the chance of dangerous oscillations to nearly zero.
As a bridge enthusiast, and a lifetime Michigan resident, I am very proud of this bridge and will gladly enter into an argument over reasons why the Mackinac Bridge is better than the Golden Gate Bridge.
www.historicbridges.org /other/mackinac/index.htm   (855 words)

 The breathtaking Mackinac Bridge   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The Mackinac Bridge which straddles the Straits of Mackinac connecting Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas stands as a monument to man's ingenuity and determination.
The Mackinac Bridge is more than a gigantic physical structure, more than a mighty engineering feat, more than a link in the nation's new system of modern highways.
The Mackinac Bridge is the manifestation, in steel and concrete, of the spirit of Michigan -- a spirit adventurous, unafraid, respectful of the past but eager to meet the future, the spirit of a people for whom no task is too difficult, no job too big.
info.detnews.com /history/story/index.cfm?id=156&category=locations   (2490 words)

 Mackinac Bridge
Though needed, the bridge was not built in the nineteenth century.
In the beginning, the mandate given the Mackinac Bridge Authority was thin.
Thus, with the legal impediments removed, bids for Mackinac Bridge Authority bonds were accepted on December 17, 1953, in the office of Governor G. Mennen Williams.
www.grandviewresort.com /mackinacbridge.htm   (2092 words)

 Mackinac Suspension Bridge
On July 1, 1888, the board of directors of the famous Grand Hotel at Mackinac Island held their first meeting and the minutes show that Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt said: " We need a bridge across the Straits." The great Firth of Forth Bridge in Scotland was under construction then and completed in 1889.
The bridge project officially began on May 7 and 8, 1954, at St. Ignace and Mackinaw City.
The center span of 3,800 ft. was the second-longest in the world, but the overall length of suspended deck - the main span and the two side spans - was the longest ever, and remained so until 1998.
bridgepros.com /projects/Mackinac/Mackinac.htm   (514 words)

 Mackinac Bridge at Mackinaw City, MI
Mackinac Bridge at Mackinaw City, MI This bridge is not only an incredible feat in design and construction, but also an important piece of history that connects the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan.
At the north end of the bridge is St. Ignace and at the south end of the 5 miles of steel and concrete is Mackinaw City.
The total length is 5 miles, including the suspension bridge, the north and south approaches and the main towers.
www.vacationsmadeeasy.com /MackinacIslandAreaMI/pointsOfInterest/MackinacBridgeinMackinacIslandMI.cfm   (286 words)

 Greetings from Mackinac Island
Tolls are assessed for vehicles traveling over the Mackinac Bridge and begin at approximately $2.50 for passenger vehicles increasing according to size of your vehicle, truck, RV or bus.
Mackinac (Horse Drawn) Taxi Service (906) 847-3323 will transport you and yours via horse drawn taxi from the airport to your accommodation on Island, reservations are suggested.
Mackinac Island is especially suited to aviators and welcomes private air travelers offering views of boreal forests, bogs, marshes, springs, bridges and buildings that quietly speak of our history of place in the American experience.
www.mackinacisland.org /gettinghere.html   (619 words)

 TEACH: Building the Mackinac Bridge
Rising 552 feet (that's 55 stories!) above the Straits of Mackinac, where lakes Michigan and Huron meet, is the world-famous Mackinac Bridge.
Before the Mackinac Bridge was constructed, travelers between Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas had to cross the Straits via an an hour-long ferry ride.
Although the bridge was envisioned way back in the late 1800s, Sen. Prentiss M. Brown, Sr., the "Father of the Mackinac Bridge," was the key figure in the bridge construction project.
www.great-lakes.net /teach/history/macbridge/mac_1.html   (366 words)

 Mackinac Bridge - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Mackinac Bridge - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Mackinac Bridge, suspension bridge, northern Michigan, extending across the Straits of Mackinac between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, connecting...
The Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the mapping of a subsurface current in the vicinity of longitude 140° W. and the Equator, first noted in 1952 by Townsend Cromwell.
encarta.msn.com /Mackinac_Bridge.html   (134 words)

 Bridges By County: Michigan - Mackinac County
Below is a list of all the available bridges for this county.
You may sort the bridge list however you like by clicking on the button for the column you wish to sort by.
Note on bridge types: The category "type" in the table is a very general category, and refers to the type of bridge in an aesthetic and visual sense, NOT in the technical sense.
www.historicbridges.org /b_c_mi_mackinac.htm   (206 words)

 Mackinac Bridge   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Considered by many as the "8th wonder of the world", the Mackinac Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere with 7,400' of 4 lane roadway suspended in the air over the beautiful Straits of Mackinac.
Beautiful Mackinac Island and its Grand Hotel are in plain view from the Mackinac Bridge.
Drive across the Mackinac Bridge during the day and watch the Great Lakes freighters cross under the awesome structure or view it at night when the "Mighty Mac" lights up the Straits of Mackinac.
www.uptravel.com /Attractions/mackbridge.htm   (194 words)

 The EPA's Toll on the Mackinac Bridge [Mackinac Center for Public Policy]
Here's the story behind this: For nearly 30 years after the Mackinac Bridge was completed in 1957, it was painted with a lead-based paint.
To comply, the Mackinac Bridge Authority will soon begin removing the bridge's paint by a process called enclosure, whereby the structure is cleaned within a tent-like covering to keep paint chips from falling into the water or blowing onto populated areas.
Using automated toll booths on the bridge instead of toll collectors could save a minimum of $500,000 each year, according to officials in the Michigan Department of Transportation.
www.mackinac.org /article.aspx?ID=96   (877 words)

 All About Mackinaw
With the opening of the Mackinac Bridge in 1957, the State Ferry System closed, tourism greatly increased, and restoration of Fort Michilimackinac State Park began.
The Mackinac Bridge Authority, established in 1950, retained David B. Steinman to design the Mackinac Bridge.
When the Mackinac Bridge opened in 1957, the bridge lights guided the water traffic and made the lighthouse obsolete.
www.mackinacislandtravel.org /products.html   (1581 words)

 The Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health & Sports, and the Michigan Fitness Foundation
It is the largest suspension bridge in North America and the third largest in the world.
The Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Run is limited to 300 participants who will be selected from a lottery drawing on June 30, 2006.
The Governor’s Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Run winners will be selected from participants in the pool of endorsed running events.
www.michiganfitness.org /bridgerun.html   (625 words)

 WILX | Mackinac Bridge   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The state House Wednesday approved a bill that would encourage officials to lower tolls on the Mackinac Bridge and assure funding for the bridge.
The bill would recommend the Mackinac Bridge Authority hold public hearings on whether it would be feasible to reduce tolls to their level before the May first increase.
Bridge tolls for one-way fares increased on May 1 from $1.50 to $2.50.
www.wilx.com /news/headlines/376072.html   (125 words)

 Lansing State Journal:Mackinac Bridge walk date change falls flat   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
So area business leaders were none too thrilled this week when the bridge administrator said it might be time to move the walk to a different date because of the traffic snarls it causes.
About 5,000 of those are involved in moving people from one side of the bridge to the other for the walk.
The first bridge walk was in June 1958, after completion the previous year of the 5-mile-long span linking the Lower Peninsula with the Upper Peninsula.
www.lsj.com /news/local/031002_bridge_walk_1a-4a.html   (463 words)

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