Though ice stopped falling long enough for the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) to reopen the bridge yesterday, the remaining ice leaves open the possibility of additional closures in the days ahead.
On Saturday, during the weekend’s first closure, Mackinaw Bridge Authority steeplejacks were able to scale the main cables and knock some loose ice off, enough to reopen the bridge. Though bridge staff attempted to loosen some of the remaining ice on the bridge by driving loaded sand trucks across the bridge, ice remains on the main cables and towers.
During the latest closure, the bridge closed due to falling ice on Sunday morning just after 8 a.m., and reopened just before noon. Following the opening, the bridge stayed closed to high-profile vehicles due to high winds until about 5 p.m., when it was fully reopened.
Based on predicted sunny and warmer weather, the remaining ice is likely to begin falling from the bridge in the next few days.