The Mackinac Bridge, which connects the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan, is the fifth longest suspension bridge in the world–the longest in the western hemisphere, the total length stretching 26,372 feet (5 miles). The height of this awesome roadway at mid-span is approximately 200 feet above the water. Construction of the Mighty Mac began on May 7, 1954, and was open to traffic on November 1, 1957. Total number of steel rivets: 4,851,700. Total number of steel bolts: 1,016,600. Total weight of the bridge: 1,024,500 tons. Five workers died during construction.
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