M-57 (Michigan highway)

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M-57 marker

M-57 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MDOT
Length: 105.377 mi[3] (169.588 km)
Existed: 1930[1][2] – present
Major junctions
West end: US 131 near Rockford

M‑66 near Sheridan
US 127 in Washington Township
M‑52 near Chesaning
M‑13 near Montrose
I‑75 / US 23 near Clio

M‑54 near Clio
East end: M‑15 near Otisville
Counties: Kent, Montcalm, Gratiot, Saginaw, Genesee
Highway system
M‑56 M‑58

M-57 is an east–west state trunkline highway in the US state of Michigan. The 105.377-mile (169.588 km) highway connects US Highway 131 (US 131) near Rockford on the west end to M-15 near Otisville in the Lower Peninsula. In between, the mostly rural highway passes through farmland and connects several highways and smaller towns together. Three of these highways are freeways: US 131, US 127 and Interstate 75 (I-75). Along the way, between 3,700 and 22,300 vehicles use the highway daily.

The current highway that bears the M-57 moniker is the second to do so. The first is now M-75 in the Northern Lower Peninsula. This second highway was designated in the 1930s along a different, but parallel, routing. The first major changes shifted that routing southward to the current corridor in stages. Through additional extensions and truncations, the modern routing was formed by the 1970s.

Route description[edit]

Photo of
Rosie's Diner in Rockford

M-57 is a rural, two-lane highway crossing the south central Lower Peninsula. The western terminus is at US 131, 14 miles (23 km) north of Grand Rapids near Rockford in northern Kent County.[4] East of the terminus is Rosie's Diner, which is the original shooting location for the Bounty Paper Towel commercials of the 1970s featuring Rosie the Waitress.[5] The diner was moved from Little Ferry, New Jersey to its current location in 1990.[6] From Rockford, M-57 runs east through rural farmland on 14 Mile Road into southern Montcalm County. East of the county line, the highway follows Carson City Road into the outskirts of Greenville. M-57 runs through a retail corridor before becoming Washington Street in town where it meets M-91. Washington Street crosses the Flat River and exits Greenville. Continuing eastward, the trunkline passes through more farmland on Carson City Road. It meets M-66 at a rural four-way intersection before passing into Carson City near the Gratiot county line. M-57 follows Cleveland Road, passing to the south of the communities of Middleton and Perrinton. Near Pompeii, M-57 meets US 127 at a folded diamond interchange along the expressway portion of the latter highway.[4][7]

Cleveland Road continues east running near Ashley and into Saginaw County. In between Ashley and the county line,[4][7] the highway crosses a branch of the Great Lakes Central Railroad.[8] M-57 follows Brady Road and crosses M-52 just west of Chesaning.[4][7] Further east, the trunkline crosses another line of the Great Lakes Central.[8] The highway follows Broad Street into town and over the Shiawassee River. On the east banks, M-57 runs along Main Street south along the river to a junction with Peet Road where it then turns east along the latter road out of town. The highway passes through more farm fields and through Layton Corners on the way to a junction with M-13 on the Saginaw–Genesee county line. At Montrose, M-57 crosses the Flint River,[4][7] and a line of the Huron and Eastern Railway.[8] Now running along Vienna Road, the trunkline meets I-75/US 23 west of Clio. As it enters town,[4][7] it crosses a line of the Saginaw Bay Southern Railway.[8] This segment of the highway passes through the northernmost suburbs of Flint,[4] and this section is where the heaviest traffic levels along the whole highway are found. As part of its maintenance duties, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) tracks these traffic levels using a metric known as average annual daily traffic (AADT). This figure is a calculation of the average traffic volume for a segment of roadway on any average day of the year. In 2009, MDOT determined that an average of 22,280 vehicles used the section of M-57 through Clio daily.[9] East of this area, the highway once again passes through rural agricultural lands on the way to its eastern terminus at M-15, one mile (1.6 km) north of Otisville.[4][7] This terminal section of the trunkline had the lowest traffic levels in 2009 at 3,737 vehicles AADT.[9] No section of M-57 has been listed on the National Highway System,[10] a system of roadways important to the country's economy, defense, and mobility.[11]


Previous designations[edit]

In 1919, the Michigan State Highway Department signposted the highway system in the state for the first time.[12] At that time, M-57 designation was originally used in Charlevoix County from Boyne Falls at M-13 (now US 131) through Boyne City and back to then M-13.[13] That highway's number was changed to M-75 in 1926.[14][15] By the next year, the number was then assigned to a state trunkline that connected between Quinnesec and the Wisconsin state line in the Upper Peninsula.[16] This second iteration was short-lived as it was replaced by an extension of US 141 into Michigan.[17][18]

Current designation[edit]

In 1930, M-57 was designated from M-66 (now M-91) near Langston to M-47 (now M-52) in St. Charles.[1][2] By the mid 1936, the section between Ithaca and St. Charles was removed from the state highway system when the designation was shifted south to run between Ashley and Chesaning. In the process, M-57 was run concurrently along US 27 between Ithaca and Ashley.[19] The western section was similarly shifting by May 1938. The new routing started at a junction with US 131 between Rockford and Cedar Springs and continued through Greenville and Carson City to Ashley. The eastern end was also extended from Chesaning to the Clio area.[20] It was extended a second time by early 1941 to a junction with Belsay Road.[21] By the middle of 1946, the eastern end was extended a third time to end in Otisville.[22] M-57 was lengthened after a western extension in late 1948 or early 1949. The highway was routed concurrently with US 131 to Cedar Springs and then west to M-37 at Kent City.[23][24]

A new routing on the eastern end was designated in late 1956 or early 1957; this routing shifted the eastern terminus out of Otisville to its current location.[25][26] The last gravel section of highway was paved near Fenmore by the Gratiot–Saginaw county line in the late 1950s.[27][28] The last change to M-57's routing came in 1973. Then-Congressman Gerald R. Ford opened a section of US 131 freeway on September 21. The freeway ran between the two M-57 junctions along US 131 near Rockford and Cedar Springs.[29] Afterwards, M-57 was truncated to the Rockford area, and the segment previously part of M-57 between Kent City and Cedar Springs was made part of M-46 afterwards.[30][31]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[3] km Destinations Notes
Kent Algoma Township 0.000 0.000 US 131 – Grand Rapids, Cadillac
B-72 west – Sparta
Exit 101 on US 131; 14 Mile Road continues west as B-72
Montcalm Greenville 16.620 26.747 M‑91 – Lakeview, Belding
Fairplain Township –
Bushnell Township
26.041 41.909 M‑66 – Stanton, Ionia
Gratiot Washington Township 51.811 83.382 US 127 – Clare, Lansing Exit 109 on US 127
Saginaw Brady Township –
Chesaning Township
71.868 115.660 M‑52 – Saginaw, Owosso
Maple Grove Township –
Montrose Township
84.629 136.197 M‑13 – Saginaw, Lennon M-13 runs along the county line
Genesee Vienna Township 92.807 149.358 I‑75 / US 23 – Saginaw, Detroit Exit 131 on I-75
95.534 153.747 M‑54 – Frankenmuth, Flint, Birch Run
Forest Township 105.377 169.588 M‑15 – Vassar, Otisville, Millington
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Michigan State Highway Department (July 1, 1930). Official Highway Service Map (Map). Cartography by H.M. Gousha.
  2. ^ a b Michigan State Highway Department (November 1, 1930). Official Highway Service Map (Map). Cartography by H.M. Gousha.
  3. ^ a b "MDOT Physical Reference Finder Application". Michigan Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved February 14, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Michigan Department of Transportation (2010). Official Department of Transportation Map (Map). 1 in:15 mi/1 cm:9 km. Section K9–K13.
  5. ^ Reens, Nate (January 20, 2006). "Rosie's Diner Changing Hands". The Grand Rapids Press. p. B4. 
  6. ^ "They Soak up Ambience as Rosie's Diner Closes". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. January 15, 1990. p. A4. Retrieved February 14, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Google Inc. "Overview Map of M-57". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=M-57+E%2F14+Mile+Rd+NE&daddr=M-15+%26+M-57,+Otisville,+MI&hl=en&geocode=FdjOkgIdLjzm-g%3BFV3lkgIdypUF-ymHLJheJnckiDECUnBgHEkVfQ&mra=ls&sll=43.181147,-84.786987&sspn=3.773176,3.724365&ie=UTF8&ll=43.181147,-84.545288&spn=3.773176,3.724365&t=h&z=8. Retrieved February 14, 2011.
  8. ^ a b c d Michigan Department of Transportation (April 2009) (PDF). Michigan's Railroad System (Map). http://www.michigan.gov/documents/MDOT_Official_Rail_130897_7.pdf. Retrieved September 14, 2010.
  9. ^ a b "Traffic Monitoring Information System". Michigan Department of Transportation. 2008. Retrieved February 14, 2011. 
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ "The National Highway System". Federal Highway Administration. August 26, 2010. Retrieved January 1, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Michigan May Do Well Following Wisconsin's Road Marking System". The Grand Rapids Press. September 20, 1919. p. 10. OCLC 9975013. 
  13. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (July 1, 1919). State of Michigan: Lower Peninsula (Map). Cartography by MSHD.
  14. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (May 15, 1926). Official Highway Service Map (Map). Cartography by MSHD.
  15. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (December 1, 1926). Official Highway Service Map (Map). Cartography by MSHD.
  16. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (December 1, 1927). Official Highway Service Map (Map). Scale not given. Cartography by MSHD.
  17. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (May 1, 1928). Official Highway Service Map (Map). Scale not given. Cartography by MSHD.
  18. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (October 1, 1929). Official Highway Service Map (Map). Scale not given. Cartography by MSHD.
  19. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (June 1, 1936). 1936 Official Michigan Highway Map (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally. Section J11–K12.
  20. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (May 1, 1938). 1938 Official Michigan Highway Map (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally (Spring ed.). Section K9–K12.
  21. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (March 21, 1941). 1941 Official Michigan Highway Map (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally (Spring ed.). Section K12–K13.
  22. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (July 1, 1946). Michigan Official Highway Map (Map). Section K12–K13.
  23. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (July 1, 1948). 1948 Official Highway Map (Map). Section K9.
  24. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (April 1, 1949). Michigan Official Highway Map (Map). Section K9.
  25. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (October 1, 1956). 1956 Official Highway Map (Map). Section K13.
  26. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (April 15, 1957). 1957 Official Highway Map (Map). Section K13.
  27. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (1958). Official Highway Map (Map). Section K11. (Includes all changes through July 1, 1958)
  28. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (1960). Official Highway Map (Map). Section K11. (Includes all changes through July 1, 1960)
  29. ^ "Freeway Dedicated". The Argus-Press (Owosso, MI). Associated Press. September 21, 1973. p. 2. 
  30. ^ Michigan Department of State Highways (1973). Official Highway Map (Map). 1 in:14.5 mi. Section K9.
  31. ^ Michigan Department of State Highways and Transportation (1974). Official Highway Map (Map). 1 in:14.5 mi. Section K9.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing