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New vehicle escort fee to be implemented on Mackinac Bridge

ST. IGNACE, MI— The Mackinac Bridge Authority has approved a new fee for escorting oversize commercial vehicles across the span.

Starting January 29th, 2024, it will cost $100 to get an escort for heavy, over-width, and over-length vehicles. Oversize loads include commercial vehicles that weigh more than 80,000 pounds, are wider than 10 feet, or are longer than 90 feet.

The MBA says the fee will help recoup escort labor and equipment costs.

The bridge sees an average of about 1,700 oversize commercial vehicles each year.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.