M-28 Business (Ishpeming–Negaunee, Michigan)

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M-28 marker

Business M-28
A map of Marquette County in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the surrounding area. There is a line on the map showing the route of M-28 running west to east, and a red line running to the south of it showing the route of Business M-28.
Bus. M-28 highlighted in red
Route information
Business route of M-28
Maintained by MDOT
Length: 4.873 mi[2] (7.842 km)
History: c. July 1, 1919 – 1958 as previous designations
1958 – present as Bus. M-28[1]
Major junctions
West end: US 41 / M‑28 in Ishpeming
To CR 480 (Negaunee City Truck Route) in Negaunee
East end: US 41 / M‑28 in Negaunee
Counties: Marquette
Highway system

Business M-28 (Bus. M-28) is a state trunkline highway serving as a business route that runs for 4.841 miles (7.791 km) through the downtown districts of Ishpeming and Negaunee in Michigan. The trunkline provides a marked route for traffic diverting from U.S. Highway 41 (US 41) and M-28 through the two historic iron-mining communities. It is one of three business loops for M-numbered highways in the state of Michigan. There have previously been two other Bus. M-28 designations for routes in Newberry and Marquette.

The trunkline was originally a section of US 41/M-28 and M-35. Before the 1930s, the main highways ran through the two downtown areas. US 41/M-28 was relocated to run near Teal Lake. The former routing had various names over the years. It was designated as an alternate route of the main highways, using both the US 41A/M-28A and Alt. US 41/ALT M-28 designations before it was designated as Bus. M-28 in 1958. M-35 continued to run through downtown Negaunee along a section of the highway until the 1960s. A rerouting in 1999 moved the trunkline designation along Lakeshore Drive in Ishpeming, and a streetscape project rebuilt the road in Negaunee in 2005.

Route description[edit]

There are currently three business routes in the state of Michigan derived from M-numbered highways. The other two are in Hillman and Niles for M-32 and M-60 respectively.[3] In the past, two other business routes for M-28 existed in Newberry and Marquette, but they have since been retired. The extant Bus. M-28 designation remains for the loop through Ishpeming and Negaunee.


Bus. M-28 begins at a signalized intersection on US 41/M-28 with Lakeshore Drive in the city of Ishpeming. The trunkline runs south along Lakeshore Drive under the tracks of the Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad (LS&I) and southeasterly towards Lake Bancroft. South of the lake, Bus. M-28 turns east on Division Street.[4] Traffic along the highway here can view the towers of the Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum; the museum is dedicated to telling the story of underground iron ore mining in the region.[5][6]

A large grey building, wider at the top that towers over the pine trees in the foreground
Tower of the Cliffs Shaft Mine in Ishpeming

Division Street carries the Bus. M-28 designation into the central business district of Ishpeming, where it runs past local businesses, Ishpeming High School and the original Ishpeming City Hall. On the east side of downtown, both the central machine shops and the research labs for Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company are located on Division Street. Continuing east, the trunkline follows Ready Street over hills and through a residential area to the Ishpeming–Negaunee city line.[3][4]


A large sandstone building with a central clock tower
Negaunee City Hall is located on the corner of Silver and Jackson streets, next to Bus. M-28

In Negaunee, the routing uses a street named County Road east from the city line. County Road passes Jackson Park, location of the first iron ore discovery in the area. The iron mined from the region supplied half of the nation's supply between 1850 and 1900.[7] South of downtown Negaunee, Bus. M-28 turns north along the west fork of Silver Street. The street runs north under an overpass that carries Rail Street, so named because it was once a rail line into downtown Negaunee. The trunkline turns east on Jackson Street, running next to the Negaunee City Hall,[3][4] which was built in 1914–15 at a time when the city's population was increasing and iron production was peaking. The building still houses the city's offices, police station and library.[8]

The business loop follows Jackson Street east to Division Street, where the street curves slightly and becomes Main Street. Bus. M-28 follows Main Street one block to the intersection with Teal Lake Avenue. Turning north, the trunkline follows Teal Lake Avenue through residential areas of town past the Negaunee Middle School and up over a hill. On the opposite side of the hill next to Teal Lake Bluff, the business loop intersects Arch Street, which carries traffic to Negaunee High School to the west or the football field complex to the east.[3][4] Negaunee High School was the site of the former Mather B Mine Complex. The administration building for the mine was converted to its present educational use in 1986.[9] Bus. M-28 continues along Teal Lake Avenue past the football field and under the LS&I tracks where it ends at another signalized intersection with US 41/M-28 by Teal Lake.[3][4] The total length of Bus. M-28 is 4.873 miles (7.842 km).[2]

Traffic counts[edit]

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) publishes the annual average daily traffic (AADT) for its roadways on a yearly basis. AADT is a statistic used in transportation planning used to express the average number of vehicles on a segment of roadway on any given day of the year. On Lakeshore Drive in Ishpeming, MDOT stated that 5,894 vehicles used the roadway daily in 2010. Along Division Street, traffic drops to 2,974 vehicles before dropping further to 1,603 vehicles along the section on Silver Street in Negaunee. Traffic increases along Jackson and Main streets to 4,655 vehicles on an average day. Traffic is heaviest along Teal Lake Avenue, at 8,641 vehicles.[10]


The state highway system was created on May 13, 1913, with the passage of the State Reward Trunk Line Highway Act.[11] The state originally signposted these highways by July 1, 1919,[12] and the roadways that make up Bus. M-28 were originally a portion of M-15.[13] Later when the United States Numbered Highway System was created on November 11, 1926, the highway was redesignated as a part of US 41[14] and part of M-28.[15] The main highway was moved with the construction of a northerly bypass of Ishpeming and Negaunee in 1937.[16][17] The business loop was not designated Bus. M-28 permanently until 1958.[1] It was designated US 41A/M-28A[18][19] before being redesignated ALT US 41/ALT M-28. or Bus. US 41/Bus. M-28.[20] This dual designation later was mirrored by the other Marquette County business route, Bus. US 41.[21]

When M-35 was routed through downtown Negaunee, it joined Bus. M-28 northward from the east fork of Silver Street on to US 41/M-28. This routing was moved to bypass the city in 1964 when iron ore mining activity destabilized a portion of the M-35 routing southeast of town.[22] From this point on, Bus. M-28 has not shared its routing with any other state trunklines. The western end of Bus. M-28 was rerouted on June 4, 1999,[23] when the City of Ishpeming petitioned MDOT to reroute the highway along Lakeshore Drive to US 41/M-28. Previously, it ran along Greenwood Street and North Lake Road and met US 41/M-28 in the West Ishpeming neighborhood of Ishpeming Township.[23]

MDOT in a partnership with the City of Negaunee upgraded Teal Lake Avenue between Arch and Rock streets in a streetscaping project to provide a "pedestrian refuge area". This work entailed reconstruction of the retaining wall, curbing and gutters in 2005. Arch Street is the access to Negaunee High School, and this section of Bus. M-28 is near the athletic field complex in Negaunee. The project budgeted $120,200 with $24,200 from the City of Negaunee (equivalent to $145,100 and $29,200 respectively in 2015[24]).[25]

Major intersections[edit]

A road sign assembly showing a To plate over a County Road 480 sign and a Business plate over an M-28 sign. Both feature right arrows indicating that Business M-28 turns right and runs to a connection with County Road 480.
Used at the corner of Teal Lake Avenue and Main Street in Negaunee to direct motorists traveling on Bus. M-28 to CR 480, this type of county road sign on a state highway in Michigan is a rare sight.

The following table lists Bus. M-28's major intersections with the primary Marquette County Roads. The entire highway is in Marquette County.

Location mi[2] km Destinations Notes
Ishpeming 0.000 0.000 US 41 / M‑28 / LSCT (Palms Avenue)
0.791 1.273
To CR 494 (Greenwood Street)
Former route of Bus. M-28
1.026 1.651
To CR 581 (Pine Street)
Negaunee 4.267 6.867
To CR 480 (Division Street)
Negaunee City Truck Route
4.873 7.842 US 41 / M‑28 / LSCT
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Michigan State Highway Department (1958). Official Highway Map (Map). Scale not given. Lansing: Michigan State Highway Department. § C5. OCLC 51856742.  (Includes all changes through July 1, 1958)
  2. ^ a b c Michigan Department of Transportation & Michigan Center for Shared Solutions and Technology Partnerships (2009). MDOT Physical Reference Finder Application (Map). Michigan Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 9, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Michigan Department of Transportation (2014). Pure Michigan: State Transportation Map (Map). 1 in≈15 mi / 1 cm≈9 km. Lansing: Michigan Department of Transportation. §§ C5, N8, F12. OCLC 900162490. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Google (March 8, 2008). "Overview Map of Bus. M-28" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 8, 2008. 
  5. ^ Hunt, Mary & Hunt, Don (2007). "Ishpeming—Cliffs Shaft Mining Museum". Hunts' Guide to Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Albion, MI: Midwestern Guides. Retrieved June 18, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Cliff’s Shaft Mining Museum: Remnants of History". The Mining Journal (Marquette, MI). May 2, 2008. ISSN 0898-4964. Archived from the original on February 3, 2011. Retrieved June 18, 2009. 
  7. ^ Hunt, Mary & Hunt, Don (2007). "Negaunee". Hunts' Guide to Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Albion, MI: Midwestern Guides. Retrieved June 18, 2009. 
  8. ^ Hunt, Mary & Hunt, Don (2007). "Downtown Negaunee". Hunts' Guide to Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Albion, MI: Midwestern Guides. Retrieved June 18, 2009. 
  9. ^ Staff. "Facilities". Negaunee Public Schools. Archived from the original on February 3, 2011. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  10. ^ Bureau of Transportation Planning (2008). "Traffic Monitoring Information System". Michigan Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  11. ^ Michigan Legislature (1915). "Chapter 91: State Reward Trunk Line Highways". In Shields, Edmund C.; Black, Cyrenius P. & Broomfield, Archibald. The Compiled Laws of the State of Michigan, Volume I. Lansing, MI: Wynkoop, Hallenbeck, Crawford. pp. 1868–72. OCLC 44724558. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Michigan May Do Well Following Wisconsin's Road Marking System". The Grand Rapids Press. September 20, 1919. p. 10. OCLC 9975013. 
  13. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (2014). Pure Michigan: State Transportation Map (Map). 1 in≈15 mi / 1 cm≈9 km. Lansing: Michigan Department of Transportation. OCLC 900162490. 
  14. ^ Bureau of Public Roads; American Association of State Highway Officials (November 11, 1926). United States System of Highways Adopted for Uniform Marking by the American Association of State Highway Officials (Map). 1:7,000,000. Washington, DC: U.S. Geological Survey. OCLC 32889555. Retrieved November 7, 2013 – via University of North Texas Libraries. 
  15. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (December 1, 1926). Official Highway Condition Map (Map). Scale not given. Lansing: Michigan State Highway Department. OCLC 79754957. 
  16. ^ Michigan State Highway Department & Rand McNally (May 15, 1937). Official Michigan Highway Map (Map) (Summer ed.). Scale not given. Lansing: Michigan State Highway Department. § B5. 
  17. ^ Michigan State Highway Department & Rand McNally (December 1, 1937). Official Michigan Highway Map (Map) (Winter ed.). Scale not given. Lansing: Michigan State Highway Department. § B5. 
  18. ^ Marquette County Road Commission (1939). Marquette County (Map). Ishpeming, MI: Marquette County Road Commission. 
  19. ^ Marquette County Road Commission (1950). Marquette County (Map). Ishpeming, MI: Marquette County Road Commission. 
  20. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (1951). City of Ishpeming Act 51 Map (Map). Lansing: Michigan State Highway Department. 
  21. ^ Michigan Department of State Highways and Transportation (1975). Official Transportation Map (Map). 1 in≈3 mi. Lansing: Michigan Department of State Highways and Transportation. Marquette inset. OCLC 320798754. 
  22. ^ Right of Way for the M-35 Relocation was purchased between March 20, 1964 and October 12, 1964 according to Michigan Department of Transportation (n.d.). "Marquette County" (Map). Right-of-Way File Application. Lansing: Michigan Department of Transportation. Sheets 73–76. Retrieved March 8, 2008. 
  23. ^ a b State Administrative Board (n.d.). "State Administrative Board Resolutions, 1940–Present" (PDF). State of Michigan. Retrieved February 13, 2008. 
  24. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  25. ^ Staff (March 16, 2005). "FY 2005 Awarded Enhancement Project Summaries" (PDF). Michigan Department of Transportation. p. 3. Retrieved March 18, 2008. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing