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. However the preliminary plans for the bridge was done by an engineer at the firm, Abul Hasnat.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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  • The views are spectacular every time we cross! The ice in the winter was beautiful and the colors in fall are amazing!  more »
  • The bridge did it's job. We crossed over the waterbody below & continued on our way. It's a big bridge, very high with a good view.  more »
  • Always a pleasure to cross and view the bridge. Regardless of the side you are on the views are wonderful .  more »
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