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Old 01-11-2019, 12:31 PM
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Old 01-11-2019, 01:11 PM
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Originally Posted by YFMF View Post
If the weather was really bad you wouldn't need that bridge, besides, the surface of the roadway looks pretty clear.
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Old 01-13-2019, 12:40 PM
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Originally Posted by s_ebels View Post
What year was it that it got nailed by that freighter and one side went down?
I remember driving across after that happened, maybe on the new bridge or did they have just one side open to two way traffic?
Going along and all of a sudden the adjacent lane just disappeared.
May 9, 1980. (last day of high school for me). The remaining span was converted to two way traffic. Always hated the noise the tires made driving over the grates.
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Old 01-13-2019, 04:37 PM
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Originally Posted by mike_s View Post
May 9, 1980. (last day of high school for me). The remaining span was converted to two way traffic. Always hated the noise the tires made driving over the grates.
IIRC the remaining span was the original (1950s), the newer one (early '70s) was knocked down. They constructed crossovers between the low part of the spans so you'd start and end on the knocked-down span but cross the ship channel on the remaining high-rise section. I believe this was done to leave room on the east side for the approaches to the new span that opened in the late '80s.
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Old 01-13-2019, 04:52 PM
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Originally Posted by InTheNet View Post
I have been the last one across before it was closed.

Also have spent quality time sleeping in my car waiting for it to open.
Went to college in the Sault.
Have you seen pictures BEFORE the bridge? My folks (mom is from the Soo) would drive up and back all the time and have to wait for the ferry. Could be HOURS and HOURS because of all the backed up cars waiting to get across!

Originally Posted by madman7 View Post
Sometimes it's not all that bad.... Here a few shots from last winter.
you really need a 1000' freighter down in the water to give that some perspective. Those pics are nice but you could be 20' up and it would look like that.
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Old 02-02-2019, 08:07 AM
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Old 02-02-2019, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by avalonandl View Post
Some 30 years ago a lady driving across Big Mac went over the rail. In a Yugo. Sadly died, they recovered her in her car from the Straits. That was some brave divers to recover her.
I remember that happening.
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Old 02-02-2019, 09:53 AM
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I lived in southern Michigan for several years after I graduated college. Always regretted not making it that far north to check that out. In the summer of course.

Used to go up to Higgins lake to ride dirt bikes. Awesome country up that way.
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Old 02-02-2019, 10:12 AM
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Hard to get the actual perspective with that limited visibility!!! Knowing you're ~200' up in the air with that kind of visibility is when the white knuckles start showing up!!
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Old 02-02-2019, 10:49 AM
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Originally Posted by s_ebels View Post
Steve at MiHi charters?
I know Steve well. He is our competition. About 10 boats away on the dock.
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Old 02-02-2019, 04:27 PM
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I've been across that bridge many times in all kinds of weather over the past 50 years. Doesn't bother me, but the wife, who grew up in the UP, hates to drive across it. There's one heck of a view from the middle of the span.
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