Q&A with the Mighty Mac
June 11, 2012
The Mackinac Bridge is without doubt Michigan’s most iconic structure. Beyond being the 3rd longest suspension bridge in the world, this bridge joined Michigan’s Upper & Lower Peninsulas in a way that the ferry at the Straits of Mackinac never could.
Here’s a few facts about this amazing structure!
- When did it open for traffic? November 1, 1957
- Total Length of Bridge? 5 Miles or 26,372 Ft.
- Maximum Depth of Water at Midspan? 295 Ft.
- Underclearance at Midspan for Ships? 155 Ft.
- Length of Wire in Main Cables? 42,000 Miles
- Weight of Bridge? 1,024,500 Tons
- Number of Steel Rivets? 4,851,700
- Total employed to build the Bridge? 11,350