ST. IGNACE - After being closed Friday night due to dangerous driving conditions, the Mackinac Bridge is now open, though because high wind conditions persist in the Straits area officials are requiring that certain "high profile" vehicles be escorted across.
According to the Mackinac Bridge Authority, examples of high profile vehicles include pickup trucks with campers; cars with small boats, bicycles or luggage attached to the roof; Ryder or U-Haul trucks; any vehicle pulling a boat; semi-tractors with enclosed trailers; and all trailers with side walls more than two feet in height. These vehicles must be escorted.
Additionally, officials are asking that motorists reduce their speed to 20 miles per hour as they approach the bridge and to be prepared to stop. Bridge personnel are stationed at both ends of the bridge to provide travelers with instruction regarding how and when to proceed across.
The authority is monitoring wind speeds at various points along the bridge, and additional steps will be implemented if conditions change.
Please tune to AM radio 530 or 1610 for further information and updates.