The Mackinac Bridge connects Mackinaw City in the Lower Peninsula with St. Ignace in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It’s the world’s fifth-longest suspension bridge (and the longest one in the Western Hemisphere). The bridge, overlooking Mackinac Island, is an absolute must-see for those who’re traveling in the area.
Mackinac Bridge – description
The Mackinac Bridge, also called ‘Big Mac’ or ‘Mighty Mac’, on top of being the world’s fifth longest suspension bridge, is also the world’s 27th longest main span. It connects Michigan’s lower and upper peninsulas, providing a quick and convenient route from the village of Mackinac City on the south to the city of St. Ignace on the north. It is part of Interstate 75, allowing a maximum speed of 45 mph. It’s also a segment of the US North Country National Scenic Trail. Mackinac Bridge was opened in 1957 after many decades. The engineer David B. Steinman designed it.
The length of Mackinac Bridge’s main span is 1,158 meters (3,800 feet). This makes the bridge the third-longest suspension span in the US and one of the longest bridges in the world overall.
Mackinac Bridge – tolling information
Tolls for vehicles crossing the Mackinac Bridge have been set at $2.00 per axle or $4.00 per car. This includes passenger cars, motorcycles, station wagons, SUVs, pick-ups, vans, and school buses. Other vehicles (tractor trailers, buses, step or cube vans, and motor homes) cost $5.00 per axle. Usually, the bridge is closed to pedestrian traffic. There are special walks that span the bridge. There are transport services available for bicyclists, pedestrians, and snowmobilers who aren’t allowed to cross the bridge on their own. The following fees apply: $3.50 for each pedestrian, $5.00 for a bicycle, $15.00 for a snowmobile and driver, and $3.50 for each additional snowmobile passenger.
Toll pricing on Mackinac Bridge is consistent, no matter the traffic volume or peak hours. As of 2023, the bridge accepts the following payment options at toll booths:
Frequent travelers can register for MacPass, which provides them with the convenience of a prepaid account. The Mackinac Bridge Authority issues a MacPass. It can be used in any lane, and it doesn’t have an expiration date. You can buy a discounted toll card for a minimum of $90. It includes $80 in-crossing credits and a one-time $10 card purchase fee. There is also a MacPass debit account program available. Paying tolls with applications like Uproad is unavailable.
There are no U-turns or stopping permitted while on Mackinac Bridge. Therefore, if you happen to encounter an emergency (such as a flat tire), you should remain in your vehicle. The bridge personnel will assist you as soon as possible.
An interesting fact: every Labor Day, the Mackinac Bridge is open to walkers for the Mackinac Walk. It’s an annual event led by the governor of Michigan. The walk starts at 7 am. No one is permitted to start after 11 am.
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