The captivating Mackinac Bridge can now be seen in a 3-minute drone video that provides magnificent sweeping views of the Western Hemisphere’s longest suspension bridge.
The video was shot for a documentary about one of the steeplejacks who works for the Mackinac Bridge Authority, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. MDOT photographer Tim Burke flew the drone to assist the Japanese production company working on the documentary.
MDOT posted the video on YouTube on Monday, Oct. 7.
“Here is some of the footage shot using a drone we thought everyone would enjoy,” the description says.
The drone rises up above one of the towering cable bent piers to pan around workers walking on of the huge cables. People can also be seen on the pier walkway and suspended in the cables all with the backdrop of the Mackinac Straits, St. Ignace and Mackinaw City.
Steeplejacks are craftsmen who climb tall structures to make repairs. In the case of the Mackinac Bridge, steeplejacks are needed on the cable bent piers and to repair cables, rivets, bolts and other aspects of the bridge.
The Mighty Mac is the fifth longest suspension bridge in the world. Its total length is 26,372 feet. The length of the suspension portion of the bridge (including anchorages) is 8,614 feet. The highest point of the roadway is about 200 feet above water level.
The first vehicles crossed the bridge on Nov. 1, 1957. Millions of cars cross each year with around 600,000 annually during each of the peak months of July and August.