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Mackinaw City, MI (WSYM) - The annual Labor Day Bridge Walk on the Mackinac Bridge is fast approaching.
Travelers should be reminded that the bridge will be closed to traffic from 6:30am until noon on Monday, September 3.
For those looking to cross the bridge that day, travelers should be aware that if they arrive in the Straits area during the walk they'll need to wait until after noon to proceed. Northbound I-75 will be closed at Exit 337, and southbound I-75 and US-2 will be closed at Exit 344.
The walk begins at 7am and no one will be able to start the walk after 11:30am, so the bridge can reopen promptly at noon.
This year's walk will be different. The most significant change is that the walk will now start from both ends of the bridge, eliminating the need for buses transporting participants from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace.
"The biggest issue we faced last year was having to turn people away when we could not transport everyone to the starting point in time to participate," said Bob Sweeney, executive secretary of the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA). "Starting the walk from both ends of the bridge will ensure maximum participation, as no walkers will need to wait for a bus to begin the event or return to their vehicles."