Mackinac Bridge Tourism

Mackinac Bridge Tourism
The Mackinac Bridge is a crucial piece of infrastructure that links Michigan's upper peninsula with the rest of the state. The bridge is also a popular tourist attraction. From the bridge, visitors can see Lake Michigan to the west of the bridge and Lake Huron to the east. Mackinac Island is also visible, as is the island's majestic Grand Hotel.

Length

Michigan's official tourism website states that, at its length of 7,400 feet, the Mackinac Bridge is 950 feet longer than California's Golden Gate Bridge.

Status

According to the Mackinac Bridge Authority, the Mackinac Bridge is the third-longest suspension bridge in the world and the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere.

Deaths

Five men died during the construction of the Mackinac Bridge. Trifter lists these men as Frank Pepper, James Sarge, Albert Abbott, Jack Baker and Robert Koppen.

Traffic

In September of 2009, the Mackinac Bridge Authority reports that a total of 431,613 vehicles crossed the Mackinac Bridge.

Nuts and Bots

The Mackinac Bridge Authority is responsible for maintaining the Mackinac Bridge. The authority claims that the bridge contains 4,851,700 steel rivets and 1,016,600 steel bolts.

Ac Versus Aw

Although they are all pronounced the same, the Mackinac bridge, island and straits all end their name with the letters "ac." The town at the south end of the bridge, however, is known as Mackinaw City.

Article Written By Michelle Miley

Michelle Miley began writing professionally in 2008. She writes on a wide variety of topics and has been published many times on various websites. Her work has also been purchased for use on ACT college entrance exams. Miley holds an Associate of Applied Science in accounting, summa cum laude, from Colorado Northwestern Community College.

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