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Open ? or Closed ? when the mad rush hits the straits.

I'll be there 10-11:00 tomorrow (Th) ...right in the middle of the 60 mph winds.

It's time for a TUNNEL !!


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Will they close it?

I should be at it tomorrow at about 6 am.

Is there a phone numbr to contact to call ahead?
 

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I am just curious why you think the bridge would be closed? Usually the winds just close down 1 lane and turn away certain vehicle types.
 

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Sometimes they close the bridge during periods of high winds - depending on the direction of the wind and anticipated travel conditions .....

sometimes they will pair you up with a truck to ride along side in the lee of the wind :)

ferg....
 

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8 years ago I sat at a diner in St.Ignace one night until 4am, waiting for the bridge to open. When they started doing police escorts in groups of ten I jumped at the chance and regretted it all the way accross. I was in a Jeep, taillight visibility was about 30' and that bridge seemed 20miles long.

Also calling for 8" of snow in the snow belt tomorrow. Drive safe.
 

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Severe Weather Alert from the National Weather Service

...ALCONA-ALPENA-ANTRIM-BENZIE-CHARLEVOIX-CHEBOYGAN-CHIPPEWA-CRAWFORD- EMMET-GRAND TRAVERSE-KALKASKA-LEELANAU-MACKINAC-MANISTEE-MISSAUKEE- MONTMORENCY-OSCODA-OTSEGO-PRESQUE ISLE-ROSCOMMON-WEXFORD- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF... ALPENA... ATLANTA... CADILLAC... CHARLEVOIX... CHEBOYGAN... FRANKFORT... GAYLORD... GRAYLING... HARRISVILLE... HOUGHTON LAKE... KALKASKA... LAKE CITY... LELAND... MANCELONA... MANISTEE... MIO... PELLSTON... ROGERS CITY... SAULT STE MARIE... ST IGNACE... TRAVERSE CITY... 147 PM EST WED NOV 12 2003
... BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT TONIGHT AND THURSDAY MORNING...

WINDS WILL INCREASE BY LATE THIS EVENING TO OVER 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 50 MPH. SNOW WILL BEGIN THIS EVENING WITH ACCUMULATIONS RANGING FROM 3 TO 8 INCHES BY LATE THURSDAY MORNING OVER THE WARNED AREA. THE COMBINATION OF THE BLOWING AND FALLING SNOW WILL CREATE WHITEOUT CONDITIONS OVER MOST OF EASTERN UPPER AND NORTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN.

&& IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO TRAVEL... YOU SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS. DRESS WARMLY AND MAKE SURE YOUR CAR IS IN GOOD RUNNING CONDITION. YOU MIGHT ALSO CONSIDER TAKING A WINTER STORM KIT WITH YOU... INCLUDING SUCH ITEMS AS TIRE CHAINS... BOOSTER CABLES... A SHOVEL... BLANKETS AND EXTRA CLOTHING... OR ANYTHING ELSE THAT WOULD HELP YOU SURVIVE IN CASE YOU BECOME STRANDED ON THE ROADS TONIGHT AND THURSDAY MORNING.
 

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They might stop the flow of traffic for a while and escort you across the bridge but it won't be closed for any duration.

I crossed the bridge following a convoy of trucks when we had 60 + mph winds going to camp about a half dozen years ago. It was a huge November storm stronger than they one that sunk the Edmond Fitgerald.

Don't worry you'll get across it but you can always use the excuse you couldn't get back due to it being closed you several days. Closure only affects guys coming from deer camp not going to it.

I'll be on it by 7:30 to 8:00pm tonight.

Good Luck and Good Hunting.
 

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having crossed almost every year since '88; I've had the following experiences...

my father relayed the cross with the semi thing early on... I don't think they do that anymore, anyway I have not seen it.

in '89 on our way up, a travel trailer (I think it was a home-made job) a short distance ahead of us had its top structure blown off. winds were about 30 mph and we were stopped "on the bridge" for almost an hour. talk about rocking in the wind.

in '89 on our way home we hit a massive snow storm just before the bridge. the bridge was down to one lane each way and believe me when I say "it was a white knuckler" going across. They closed the bridge right after they let us go as we found out when we stopped in a Mack City gas station. I got out and kissed the ground before I went into the gas station on that trip.

we have had multiple times when they would run semi's in one lane and cars/pick-ups in the other. nothing was said about driving next to a semi. however, one particular time when my father was driving and did follow next to a semi, we had multiple a-holes behind us that gave us extreme grief when we got to the other side (for miles they did this). I guess we didn't drive like idiots and that bothered them.

we have had times when we were to wait for escort vehicles and we were lead across at a very slow pace (probably closer in years to the Yugo incident than current day).

there have been times when it was only one lane each way.

So... in my experience, they do shut it down, but those times are rare and the conditions are extreme.
 

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over the years I've been stopped by the bridge being closed on at least 3-4 occasions. Luckily, its always been headed BACK from fishing,deer or turkey hunts.

I drive a 3/4 ton 'burban...and it doesnt matter what you drive, when its closed...its closed.

Its the pits since local rooms go fast and the Soo is sometimes the only choice.
This may be the first time I get caught headed northbound.

At least this time the truck is loaded with dry (and wet !) goods and all the warm gear. No problem roughing it.

If it turns into a parking lot at the bridge....look for the party in the red 'burban. LOL

Drive safe, hunt hard, party ON !
 

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Winds are peaking during the night and along with the snow will be deminishing all day tomorrow. 3-8" of snow with 50 mph winds is not nearly enough to close the bridge. I went over the bridge the same night the Yugo went over, not a big deal. We also went over during a 3' snow storm back in 96 that a plane landed on I-75 and use the lights from the bridge as a guide in the blizzared. 2 was closed, but not the bridge. It's going to have to be about hurricane force before it's closed. Back in 98 it closed briefly during 80-90 mph gusts in early November.

Just drive safe and enjoy the view:)
 
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Sounds like the old stories my father-in-law would talk about. Life before teh bridge. How they waited days to go across. Everyone drank waiting for their turn to cross. One big giant party.
 

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Latest weather updates are calling for wind gusts at the tip 'o the mitt up to 85 mph tonight and tomorrow morning. Be careful out there.
 

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The Yugo story is when in Oct. of '88 a woman went over the railing near the top of the bridge. And yes, they will close the bridge in a 50mph wind if it is a crosswind. A lot of times they just close it to high profile vehicles. Pick-ups with caps are not allowed across at these times! I wish you all luck and shoot straight!


Say ya to da U.P., eh?
 

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I will be heading across it around 6 PM tomorrow evening. I was planning on driving the company car so the gas would be paid for. I may just drive the truck.


I remember crossing the bridge one year on a archery hunt. The guy doing the drive on this trip had a CB. Just before we got to the bridge we could hear the truckers talking on the radio. A rookie driver was on the radio talking and was asking about what all the warnings for wind were all about. And why did he have to wait for a escort.

One of the truckers got on the radio and told the young trucker that he needed a escort if he was going cross the bridge. The young trucker said what is the escort for?.... the other trucker said, and I remember this as clear as a bell...... you need the escort so he can mark the spot where you go over!
 

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Bridge open or not. 40 + crosswinds and a camper is bad. You won't see any empty truck drivers going over in a cross wind and their empty weighs more than most fifth wheels. Be carefull!! You won't blow over but it can jack you in a hurry. Don't keep all your extra undies in the camper, you might have to change after you go over. Good luck and be CAREFULL!!!!!
 
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