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    Labor day mackinac bridge walk

    I finally made the walk! Built in 1954-1957 for a cost of $100,000,000.00
    Big State and local police presence. Officers all along the bridge, officers on bikes, motorcycles, and horses patrolling, and a helicopter overhead. About every 5th officer had a long gun case on his back, which I assume contained an assault rifle? Boats were also patrolling in the water below.
    Dump trucks blocking the entrance.
    To walk across was free, but the Ferry ride back cost $20
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    Good for you. I remember driving across it the first or second year it was open & going to the island. Fond memories.
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    I came across it in a big Truck in March 2014. I had picked up a load of pulp at Resolute Forest Products in Menominee, MI going right back to Twin Rivers Paper in Madawaska, ME. I followed 35 to 2 to I-75 to the bridge. I have gone over several bridges, including Blue Water at Port Huron/Sarnia, the George Washington Bridge, Throgs Neck Bridge and Verizonno Narrows Bridge in NYC. The neatest thing about this one was the relatively light traffic and no toll booth at the end. Very Impressive!

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    I've seen the segment on Classic Tractor Fever on the tractor ride across the bridge. I didn't know that there was also a walk across. I don't know which would be more interesting - the walk or the ride. Either would be a great experience. How long did it take to cross on foot?

    Nice pictures, by the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRobinson View Post
    I've seen the segment on Classic Tractor Fever on the tractor ride across the bridge. I didn't know that there was also a walk across. I don't know which would be more interesting - the walk or the ride. Either would be a great experience. How long did it take to cross on foot?

    Nice pictures, by the way.
    Tractor crossing was yesterday they had 1300 tractors this year. I done it the first 4 years with our tractor club with my A and MT. Good time if you ever get a chance and sure good place to see a lot of different tractors. Was watching a live feed yesterday and they had two self propelled balers crossing.

    I’ve walked it for Labor Day a few times, fun times also and definitely different perspectives walking . Used to be to walk all the way over. Now because of 9-11 you start from one side and walk halfway and then walk back
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    Looks pretty cool.



    Till you get to the part of having an armed escort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRobinson View Post
    I've seen the segment on Classic Tractor Fever on the tractor ride across the bridge. I didn't know that there was also a walk across. I don't know which would be more interesting - the walk or the ride. Either would be a great experience. How long did it take to cross on foot?

    Nice pictures, by the way.
    It took less than 2 hours. Some times the flow across slowed and we just went with it. There were people in hurry that were passing people all the way across.

    We were behind on older couple that were really going slow. The man said he made the first walk 62 years earlier and this might be his last, but was determined to do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdmich View Post
    Tractor crossing was yesterday they had 1300 tractors this year. I done it the first 4 years with our tractor club with my A and MT. Good time if you ever get a chance and sure good place to see a lot of different tractors. Was watching a live feed yesterday and they had two self propelled balers crossing.

    I’ve walked it for Labor Day a few times, fun times also and definitely different perspectives walking . Used to be to walk all the way over. Now because of 9-11 you start from one side and walk halfway and then walk back
    You can still walk all the way. Either direction. Or you could cut across and go back at any point. We walked south to north.

    We heard at some point they would stop allowing people to start the walk (bridge opened to traffic at noon), but still saw people going south when we finished shortly after 10AM.

    We heard they would send buses near the end and pick up people that were not going to finish by noon. But by 11AM we were waiting for the noon ferry to take us back to Mackinac City.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rtgt View Post
    Looks pretty cool.



    Till you get to the part of having an armed escort.
    I guess you can thank 9-11 for that. The Police were very friendly, smiling, saying hello, low fiving the kids. The long guns were kept cased. I looked for snipers on the towers, but did not see any, but that's not saying they were not there
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    For the tractor crossing, do they shut the bridge down? One way? Both ways? Something to add to my bucket list!

    Tell me more!
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