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TRAFFIC ALERT: Mackinac Bridge closing 6:30 a.m. - noon on Labor Day

TRAFFIC ALERT: Mackinac Bridge closing 6:30 a.m. - noon on Labor Day
Posted at 7:56 AM, Sep 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-01 10:55:29-04

If you're heading up north for Labor Day weekend, a major traffic headache is expected on Monday.

The Mackinac Bridge is closing on Labor Day from 6:30 a.m. to around 12 p.m. for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk.

Usually, one side of the bridge remains open, but with recent terror attacks across the world involving vehicles, Michigan leaders decided to close the bridge entirely.

While no threats have been directed at the event, which usually draws more than 40,000 people, officials still decided the safest option was to close the bridge entirely.

"You have to weigh that temporary inconvenience against the importance of potentially saving lives," state police spokeswoman Shannon Banner said. "We would hate to have something happen and know there were measures we could have put in place to prevent it."

Officials are asking people to stay off of I-75 north between 6:30 a.m. and noon, and say if they don't, backups could go for nearly 20 miles.

Specifically, northbound I-75 will close at exit 337 on the south end and southbound US-2 and I-75 at exit 344 in the U.P.