Mackinac Bridge, Mackinaw City

The Mackinac Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Straits of Mackinac to connect the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of the U.S. state of Michigan. Opened in 1957, the 26372ft bridge (familiarly known as "Big Mac" and "Mighty Mac") is the world's 19th-longest main span and the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western Hemisphere. The Mackinac Bridge is part of Interstate 75 and the Lakes Michigan and Huron components of the Great Lakes Circle Tours across the straits; it is also a segment of the U.S. North Country National Scenic Trail. The bridge connects the city of St. Ignace on the north end with the village of Mackinaw City on the south.Envisioned since the 1880s, the bridge was designed by the engineer David B. Steinman and completed in 1957 only after many decades of struggles to begin construction.LengthThe bridge opened on November 1, 1957, connecting two peninsulas linked for decades by ferries. A year later, the bridge was formally dedicated as the "world's longest suspension bridge between anchorages", allowing a superlative comparison to the Golden Gate Bridge, which had a longer center span between towers, and the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, which had an anchorage in the middle.
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  • We weren't going to the UP this trip but wanted to go a cross the Mighty Mac. Took a quick tour of St Ignace and went back over. The $4 charge isn't bad. Great views.  more »
  • Words cannot describe the magnitude or spectacle of this bridge! It is truly a magnificent wonder! The size, the engineering and the marvel of it all is best experienced first hand. Even if you are no...  more »
  • Have been across the Mackinaw bridge many times and always think ,they need to work on it a lot to keep it looking good and safe to drive on.  more »

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