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UPDATE: Mackinac Bridge reopens after closure over falling ice

Posted at 10:37 AM, Feb 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-27 14:49:06-05

The Mackinac Bridge has reopened after falling ice from cables and towers forced its temporary closure.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority says ice is still falling and motorists should reduce their speed to a maximum of 20 mph, to remain alert and to exercise appropriate caution.

The falling ice earlier prompted the closure of the roughly 5-mile span for about an hour Monday morning. Bridge officials say an ice storm on Friday coated the structure.

The bridge over the Straits of Mackinac connects Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas.

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Falling ice from cables and towers has forced the temporary closure of the Mackinac Bridge.

Bridge officials say they have been assessing conditions at various points along the span Monday morning and will reopen when conditions improve. Workers are stationed at both ends of the span to provide instructions to motorists.

The roughly 5-mile-long bridge connects Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas.