"Because of proximity and history operating an important public asset, the MBA is the logical choice to oversee this tunnel, ensure its safe operation and continue to protect the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge, our state’s most iconic structure".
The recently retired Kirk Steudle, served 31 years with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), and spent the last 13 as MDOT Director. He was re-appointed to the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA), as a private citizen, effective Nov. 1st of this year, where he plans to continue to protect the Mackinac Bridge and the Straits. Kirk believes that the MBA is right entity to oversee the proposed utility tunnel. In a recent opinion piece featured in the the Traverse City Record Eagle, he shares his belief that the MBA should seize the opportunity to assist in safeguarding the Mackinac Bridge, the Straits, and our State. Capitalizing on its credibility and expertise to protect our state's critical infrastructure, rather than being a bystander as this project takes shape