Cole Cavalieri named chief engineer at Mackinac Bridge

Dec. 2, 2022

Spartan Engineer to maintain Michigan’s treasured Mackinac Bridge

A graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Engineering is the new chief engineer at the world-famous Mackinac Bridge.

Cole Cavalieri '14
Cole Cavalieri '14

Cole Cavalieri, who received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 2014, was selected to maintain the suspension bridge that connects Michigan’s Lower and Upper Peninsulas.

“Being named chief engineer of an iconic structure like the Mackinac Bridge is both exciting and humbling,” Cavalieri said. “It is a wonderful opportunity and responsibility.

“Fortunately, I have the benefit of a 65-year tradition of excellence to guide my work, and a team of the best maintenance and operations experts in the field supporting me,” he added.

PODCAST: Hear Cole Cavalieri tell MSUToday’s Russ White what it’s like to travel to the top of the bridge through a tunnel for an amazing view – “it’s quite incredible,” he said.

The Mackinac Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere with 7,400 feet of roadway suspended in the air over the Straits of Mackinac. Total length of the bridge, including its approaches, is approximately five miles. It is operated by an independent state agency called the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA).

Cavalieri joined the MBA in February 2020 as the assistant bridge engineer. Prior to his time at the MBA, he worked as a design engineer with MDOT’s Bridge Design Division in early 2019.

Before that, he began his career with two consultant engineering companies: Coleman Engineering in the Upper Peninsula where he worked on design, construction inspection and materials testing; and Hardesty & Hanover where he designed and inspected moveable and long-span bridges.

He grew up in Iron Mountain in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and now calls Kinross, Michigan, home.

Read more from the Mackinac Bridge Authority.