The Mackinac Bridge
Mackinaw City, Michigan
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The 'Mighty Mac' May 31, 2008
The Mackinac Bridge (pronounced Mackinaw) spans the Straits of Mackinac where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet. The bridge connects lower Michigan to its Upper Peninsula. Constructed from 1954 to 1957, it held the record as the longest suspension bridge in the world for more than half a century with a distance of five miles from anchor block to anchor block. Its two main towers soar 552 feet above the waterline and the underclearance at mid-span for ships is 155 feet. The maximum water depth at mid-span is 295 feet. The total length of wire making up the two and a half-foot diameter main cables is 42,000 miles.
Before the 'Mighty Mac' was constructed, travelers between Michigan's two peninsulas had to cross the straits by an hour-long ferry ride. On the busiest weekends - the Fourth of July and the opening of hunting season - travelers would wait in line for as long as 24 hours to catch the ferry.
Several small parks are located between the houses along North Huron Avenue which is an easy walk from historic downtown Mackinaw City. The parks offer nice views of the bridge. Further along near the base of the bridge sits the old Mackinac Point lighthouse.
The Mackinac Bridge is situated along Interstate 75 which runs from the southern tip of Florida to Sault Saint Marie in Ontario, Canada. The north end of the bridge contains the toll booths ($3.00 for cars). A rest area on the northbound side and a park on the southbound side also offer good views of the bridge. The 100 millionth crossing of the Mighty Mac took place on June 25, 1998.
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