M-137 (Michigan highway)

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M-137 marker

M-137
M-137 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MDOT
Length: 2.884 mi[3] (4.641 km)
Existed: 1930[1][2] – present
Major junctions
South end: Interlochen State Park
North end: US 31 in Interlochen
Location
Counties: Grand Traverse
Highway system
M-136 M-138

M-137 is a state trunkline highway in the US state of Michigan that serves as a spur route to the Interlochen Center for the Arts and Interlochen State Park. It starts at south of the park and runs north between two lakes in the area and through the community of Interlochen to US Highway 31 (US 31) in Grand Traverse County. The highway was first shown without a number label on maps in 1930 and labelled after an extension the next year. The highway's current routing was established in the 1950s.

Route description[edit]

M-137 at the south of Interlochen State Park at an intersection with Vagabond Lane. Farther south, the road is contineus as County Road 137 (CR 137). The state highway is a two-lane road that meanders north, connecting to the front gate of the state park and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. The road runs along the isthmus between Green and Duck lakes north of the Green Lake Airport. North of the school, the highway passes through a wooded section before entering the community of Interlochen itself near the Green Lake Township Hall. There M-137 runs almost due north, crossing a line of the Great Lakes Central Railroad[4] before terminating at its connection with the rest of the state trunkline system at US 31 at Interlochen Corners. The roadway continues north of US 31 as South Long Lake Road after the M-137 designation ends.[5][6]

M-137 is maintained by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) like other state highways in Michigan. As a part of these maintenance responsibilities, the department tracks the volume of traffic that uses the roadways under its jurisdiction. These volumes are expressed using a metric called annual average daily traffic, which is a statistical calculation of the average daily number of vehicles on a segment of roadway. MDOT's surveys in 2010 showed that 4,868 vehicles used the highway daily.[7] No section of M-137 has been listed on the National Highway System,[8] a network of roads important to the country's economy, defense, and mobility.[9]

History[edit]

A highway along the route of M-137 connecting US 31 south to the state park was added to the state highway system during the first half of 1930, initially lacking a designation label on the state maps of the time.[1][2] This routing was extended by 0.9 miles (1.4 km) and labelled as M-137 on maps in 1931.[10][11] The former route through the campus of the Interlochen Center for the Arts was abandoned as a roadway on March 26, 1956, after M-137 was realigned to pass to the east of the school and extended further south through the state park area.[12][13]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire highway is in Grand Traverse County.

Location Mile[3] km Destinations Notes
Interlochen 0.000 0.000 Vagabond Lane
CR 137
Roadway continues south as CR 137
Green Lake Township 2.884 4.641 US 31 – Muskegon, Traverse City Roadway continues north as South Long Lake Road
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Michigan State Highway Department (January 1, 1930). Official Highway Service Map (Map). Cartography by H.M. Gousha.
  2. ^ a b Michigan State Highway Department (July 1, 1930). Official Highway Service Map (Map). Cartography by H.M. Gousha.
  3. ^ a b Michigan Department of Transportation (2009). MDOT Physical Reference Finder Application (Map). Cartography by Michigan Center for Geographic Information. http://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/prfinder/. Retrieved June 25, 2012.
  4. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (January 2011) (PDF). Michigan's Railroad System (Map). http://www.michigan.gov/documents/MDOT_Official_Rail_130897_7.pdf. Retrieved February 1, 2011.
  5. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (2012). State Transportation Map (Map). 1 in:15 mi / 1 cm:9 km. Section G8.
  6. ^ Google Inc. "Overview Map of M-1377". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=M-137+N&daddr=M-137+N&hl=en&sll=44.653574,-85.76535&sspn=0.014715,0.01457&geocode=FX7RqAIdNGbj-g%3BFTxwqQIdaUnj-g&oq=Interlochen+State&t=h&mra=ls&z=14. Retrieved March 25, 2010.
  7. ^ Bureau of Transportation Planning (2008). "Traffic Monitoring Information System". Michigan Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 8, 2011. 
  8. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (April 23, 2006) (PDF). National Highway System, Michigan (Map). http://www.michigan.gov/documents/MDOT_NHS_Statewide_150626_7.pdf. Retrieved October 7, 2008.
  9. ^ Adderley, Kevin (August 26, 2010). "The National Highway System". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved January 1, 2011. 
  10. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (July 1, 1931). Official Highway Service Map (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally.
  11. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (October 1, 1931). Official Highway Service Map (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally.
  12. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (August 31, 2201) (PDF). Right of Way Maps for Grand Traverse County (Map). Cartography by V3 Consultants. Sheet 24. http://mdotwas1.mdot.state.mi.us/public/ROWFiles/files/Grand%20Traverse/sheet024.pdf. Retrieved June 25, 2012.
  13. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (August 31, 2201) (PDF). Right of Way Maps for Grand Traverse County (Map). Cartography by V3 Consultants. Sheet 25. http://mdotwas1.mdot.state.mi.us/public/ROWFiles/files/Grand%20Traverse/sheet025.pdf. Retrieved June 25, 2012.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  • M-137 at Michigan Highways
  • M-137 at Michigan Highway Ends