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.
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.
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.
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.