Mighty Mac starts charging to drive motorists across bridge

Associated Press File Photo The Mackinac Bridge spans the Straits of Mackinac. SunMedia

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Mackinac Bridge will start charging motorists who don’t want to cross the Mighty Mac on their own.

Having a bridge employee drive a vehicle across the bridge will cost $10 starting Nov. 1. The service is resuming after being suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mackinac Bridge Authority says. The cost increases to $15 on Jan. 1, 2025.

MBA employees have been available to drive a customer’s passenger vehicle, motorcycle or commercial vehicle since the 1980s, a release says. Some drivers aren’t keen to drive across on their own, especially during windy conditions. Others want to take photographs while crossing.

More than 2,500 customers used the service in 2019. Each trip costs MBA about $33.

New regulations motorists must follow include restraining animals, allowing the vehicle to be cleaned before crossing and the wearing of face masks by all occupants.

Pedestrians and bicyclists were already paying fees to be driven across the bridge between Mackinaw City and St. Ignace, Mich. New rates are $5 for walkers and $15 cyclists.

About 375 bicyclists and 800 pedestrians use the transportation service annually.

The service costs MBA about $23 per walker and $33 per cyclist.