Mackinac Bridge traffic restricted

ST. IGNACE (AP) — The Mackinac Bridge Authority restricted traffic on the 5-miles span Wednesday after winds in the Mackinac Straits topped 50 mph.

The authority just before 5 p.m. Eastern time said it was allowing only passenger cars, passenger vans, and empty pickup trucks without tonneau covers, bed caps or similar items.

Motorists were instructed to reduce their speeds to 20 mph as they approached the bridge and be prepared to stop.

Bridge personnel were stationed at both ends of the bridge to provide instructions on how and when to proceed across the bridge.

When conditions improve, the bridge will reopen to all vehicles, although certain vehicles may still require an escort, the authority said.

The National Weather Service said winds gusting as high as 40 mph were expected to continue overnight before diminishing today.


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