Everything you need to know about the 2018 Mackinac Bridge walk

(WSYM) - The annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk is happening on Monday, Sept. 3. For the second straight year, the entire bridge will be closed to traffic.

The closure starts at 6:30 a.m. and goes until 12 p.m. and unlike last year, there will be no bus transportation across the bridge.

That means if you decide to walk across the entire bridge, you'll need to arrange your own transportation back to the end of the bridge where you started after it opens at 12 p.m.

There is limited parking west of the Mackinac Bridge Authority plaza area, and free parking and shuttles will be provided by the St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce and St. Igance Visitor's Bureau at Little Bear East Arena.

The walk begins at 7 a.m. and you can start walking any time after Gov. Snyder's party begins. No one will be allowed to start after 11:30 a.m.

It will start on both ends of the bridge, from St. Ignace and Mackinw City, and people can walk from either end of the bridge, turn around at the mid-point and then walk back to where you started. Beginning at 10 a.m., the turnaround point will be moved toward the end of the bridge.

People can choose to walk the entire length of the bridge and then walk back to where you started from, but it means a 10-mile round trip. If those who walk the entire length don't reach the mid-point by 10 a.m. on the return trip they will be turned back.

Baby strollers and wheelchairs are allowed on the bridge during the walk. Prohibited items include signs, banners, umbrellas, bicycles, roller skates, skateboards, wagons and similar types of devices. With the sole exception of working service dogs, no animals are allowed. Walkers must stay away from bridge railings and the center mall which divides the walkers from the vehicular traffic. 

People who walk the bridge will receive a numbered certificate at the end of the walk, and they will be distributed at both ends.

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