Mackinac Bridge traffic restricted after winds top 50 mph

The Mackinac Bridge Authority restricted traffic on the 5-miles span Wednesday after winds in the Mackinac Straits topped 50 mph.

The authority just before 5 p.m. said it was allowing only passenger cars, passenger vans, and empty pickup trucks without tonneau covers, bed caps or similar items.

Motorists were being instructed to reduce their speeds to 20 mph as they approached the bridge linking Michigan’s Lower and Upper Peninsulas and to prepare to stop. Bridge personnel were stationed at both ends of the bridge to provide instructions on how and when to proceed across the bridge.

The National Weather Service said winds gusting as high as 40 mph were expected to continue overnight before diminishing on Thursday.  (AP)

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