High winds can quickly create dangerous conditions on Mackinac Bridge. It can also cause a closure of the bridge and force a complete change of travel plans.

If you ever cross Mackinac Bridge, being among the first to receive a notification of any closure of the bridge can help minimize the headache.

Updates will be issued when there are closures due to weather or poor conditions. Notifications will also be sent when Mackinac Bridge re-opens after those closures. Labor Day Bridge Walk closure updates are sent through a separate program.

Mackinac Bridge Authority explains how to sign up:

  1. Text “MacBridge” to 67283
  2. Users will receive a reply: “Welcome to Mac Bridge. Reply STOP MacBridge to Cancel. MSG & Data Rates May Apply MSG Frequency Varies,” verifying participation in the text alerting system.
  3. A second reply will follow: “Welcome to the Mackinac Bridge Text Alerting System. TO OPT OUT of this alerting system reply STOP MacBridge.”

There is no cost to be notified except for texting fees that are a part of your mobile plan.