August 15, 2006

Blowing Up Bridges

I am sure everyone has heard about the arrests of 3 "arab" descent men found with 1000 cell phones and pictures of the Mackinac Bridge.

It's been all over the news here, but I heard that they (Michigan's Homeland Security) are saying there is nothing nefarious about the pictures now.

The Mackinac (pronoucned Mackinaw) Bridge is a suspension bridge connecting the Upper Pennisula of Michigan to the Lower Pennisula of Michigan. It is the only way to get from one to the other without going around Lake Michigan (through Chicago, well ok there is a ferry in Ludington but I digress).

Blowing up that bridge would bring more destruction to Michigans economy, boats go through that area bringing commerce from the Ocean to the Chicago area and vise verse. If the bridge was blown up it would block that traffic, not to mention the truck traffic across the bridge bringing goods.

429,061 vehicles crossed the Mackinac Bridge during the month of June.

Facts about the Bridge

But what I have never heard mention in any of the local or national news reports about the bridge is that on September 4th, Labor Day, is the yearly Mackinac Bridge Walk. The Governor leads people across the bridge on Labor Day. This draws lots of people, last year 50,000 people walked the bridge.

This would be of great interest to someone who wanted to blow up the bridge.

Posted by Quality Weenie at August 15, 2006 03:20 PM | TrackBack

That was on the radio down here. I guess we have to believe the officials that it was not a terrorist plot. If it was, they probably would have sent out a huge press release saying how they stopped the terrorists.

Posted by: Contagion at August 15, 2006 06:12 PM

Not having the bridge walk event anymore would be a certain victory for the terrorists, and a darn shame for Michiganders.

I'll never understand these killers.

Posted by: John at August 15, 2006 07:09 PM

I learned of this when I got back from Vacation on Monday and have been thinking about all of you. I'm still catching up with everyone's posts!

I know what it's like to live with the threat everyday. Sometimes, like on the first day of school or during our heaviest, busiest time (around thanksgiving) it just gets to me.

I'm glad they caught thenm and I hope you never have to wonder if "today's the day."

Posted by: Michele at August 17, 2006 11:56 PM