Greenwood: It’s time for the annual Mackinac Bridge ritual
Well, it’s time to purchase some new walking shoes and get a pedicure on those big ol’ werewolf feet of yours for the upcoming Mackinac Bridge Walk.
More than 40,000 walkers are expected to participate in the 58th annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk, which will again be led by Gov. Rick Snyder.
The five-mile hike will begin at 7 a.m. Sept. 7 but any sleepy little cowpokes can begin the hike as late as 11 a.m. Buses will be available to bring walkers from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace for $5.
The world’s greatest state police (Michigan State Police take a bow) will conduct searches of the purses, bags and backpacks of all walkers.
(In order to prevent delays, the MSP is asking that walkers leave their purses, bags and backpacks in their vehicles, if the contents aren’t essential.)
"This process has been quick and easy, and submitting your bag for a quick search or leaving it in your vehicle will help ensure the walk is safe and enjoyable for all participants," said Mackinac Bridge Authority Executive Secretary Bob Sweeney.
And for the fourth straight year, the MBA and the Michigan Department of Transportation are asking the public to share their bridge walk experience on social media with photos and videos.
As an incentive, one person sharing their memories on social media will be chosen to receive a once-in-a-lifetime tour to the tippy top of the Mackinac Bridge.
For contest details, go to the MDOT website: www.michigan.gov/mdot.
Two total closures:
M-1 (Woodward): In Bloomfield Hills, there will be a 15-minute total closure of the road just north of Pine Gate Drive from 6 a.m. until 8 a.m. Saturday.
M-39 (Southfield Freeway): In Dearborn, NB and SB will be closed from 10 tonight until 5 a.m. Monday between M-153 (Ford Road) and Interstate 96 for bridge work.
I-75: In Detroit, two right lanes SB will be closed from Clark to Springwells from 7 tonight until 5 a.m. Monday for road repairs. Expect delays.
I-75: In Auburn Hills, the right lane is closed from 6 p.m. Saturday until Sept. 26 from Chrysler to University drives for construction.
I-94: In Detroit, there will be right lane closures EB and WB between Eight Mile and Conner from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday for freeway lighting work.
I-94: In Detroit, the two right lanes will be closed from 5 a.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Monday between Junction and Grand River for road repairs.
M-8 (Davison Freeway): In Detroit, the two left lanes EB will be closed from 5 a.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Monday between John R and I-75 for bridge work.
M-10 (Lodge Freeway): In Detroit, the right two lanes will be closed from 9 p.m. tonight until 5 a.m. Monday between M-8 (Davison Freeway) to Meyers for road repairs.
M-53 (Van Dyke): In Warren, NB and SB will be closed from 9 p.m. until 11 tonight from 12 Mile to Chicago Road for a special event.
M-150 (Rochester Road): In Rochester Hills, the right lane will be closed from 9 tonight until 5 a.m. Monday from M-59 to Avon Road for construction.