The first time we crossed the “Mighty Mac” bridge, we were in the RV and it was very windy. Now that we have crossed it many times in the car, we really appreciate how awesome it is. We have a wonderful view of it and the Straits of Mackinac from our campsite, right out our front windshield.
The Straits of Mackinac is a beautiful stretch of water that separates Michigan’s Lower Peninsula from its Upper Peninsula. It connects two of the five Great Lakes, Michigan and Huron. The magnificent Mackinac Bridge crosses the Straits at its narrowest point, which is five miles wide. People travel from near and far to see this fabulous bridge structure and to cross from one peninsula to the other. It is no wonder that the great State of Michigan’s Motto is: If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you!
The Bridge was years in planning but took only three years to actually construct. It opened on November 1, 1957. September 6, 2009 marked the 150-millionth crossing. Wow!
The Mighty Mac is a suspension-style bridge and is approximately five miles (26,372 feet) in length. It is the third-longest suspension bridge in the world. In 1998, two others surpassed it in length. The longest is in Japan and the second longest is in Denmark.
The two main towers rise 552 feet above water level and the center span is approximately 150 feet above the lake. The bridge is designed to withstand 120 mph winds. The highest recorded wind speed at the Straits of Mackinac is 78 mph. It is also designed and built with materials that expand and contract with the changing weather at the Straits.
We can’t wait to take the ferry over to Mackinac Island, both Shepler's Ferry and Arnold Line Ferry has a service each day that takes you under the bridge too. That will be a great photo opportunity for sure. We are planning the trip in a few days. I am adding a lot of pictures I have taken of the bridge over the last week, I hope you enjoy. Check back later for more.