ST. IGNACE — The Mackinac Bridge has been seeing a sharp decline in traffic since the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order from Governor Whitmer has been implemented.


Kim Nowack, executive secretary and CEO of Mackinac Bridge Authority, informed the Sault News about this decrease in traffic on the historic 26,372-foot bridge.


“Our total traffic declined sharply with the governor’s first stay at home executive order and stayed around 35% of what we should be seeing at this time of year,” Nowack explained. “Our trucking traffic remained fairly steady. We don’t know what kinds of freight is being moved but can only guess that it is products and supplies to keep our essential needs met and essential functions supported. We saw a great drop in our normal Friday northbound and Sunday southbound peaks since these were normally tourism related and those trips just weren’t happening.”


Nowack added in the last few days, the Mackinac Bridge Authority is seeing a rise in traffic since Governor Whitmer eased the restrictions with the latest executive order. She said this was rise was because of people feeling more free to travel.


She said, “We have temporarily suspended our drivers assistance program as well as other passenger related services and we are not taking cash for the time being. These practices are working well for now but we look forward to a time when we can offer these things again.”


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