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Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs to visit the Mackinac Bridge

Andrew Norton

Mike Rowe, host of the Discovery Channel's show Dirty Jobs, and his crew will make a visit to the Mackinac Bridge this Friday, May 25. They will focus on the never ending work that maintenance crews face to keep the bridge in tip-top shape. I have always admired those who work on the bridge and especially those who paint the bridge while hanging on scaffolding (the roadway alone at midspan is 199 ft. above the water). Also those that work on the road surface while traffic barrels on by.

I have walked the bridge a few times and a couple of those walks have been on windy days. I can attest to the fact that the "Mighty Mac" gets a lot of sway to it when the winds of the straits pick up. You definitely need nerves of steel to work in those conditions.