UPDATE: Mackinac Bridge, closed due to falling ice, has reopened

Accumulated ice falling from the Mackinac Bridge had prompted bridge officials to close it to traffic temporarily as a safety precaution.

However, The Mackinac Bridge, closed several hours this afternoon due to falling ice, has been reopened.

Warmer temperatures and increased sun have loosened ice that formed on the bridge’s towers and cables, causing some of it to fall on the driving lanes below.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) closed the bridge until the ice was clear and stopped falling, which in the past has taken an average of a few hours, depending on weather conditions.

“At some points of the bridge, the ice is falling at heights of more than 300 feet, and we can’t risk having that ice fall on vehicles or their occupants,” said MBA Executive Secretary Bob Sweeney at the time of the close.

In the past 20 years, the bridge has closed eight times for falling ice. The duration of the closures has ranged from 37 minutes up to two hours 55 minutes, with the average closure lasting just under two hours.

Stay up-to-date on bridge conditions at www.mackinacbridge.org/conditions-25/ and the Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Mi Drive traffic information website www.michigan.gov/drive.