M-88 (Michigan highway)

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M-88 marker

M-88 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MDOT
Length: 26.215 mi[2] (42.189 km)
Existed: ca. July 1, 1919[1] – present
Major junctions
Western end: US 31 in Eastport
Eastern end: US 131 / M‑66 / C-38 in Mancelona
Counties: Antrim
Highway system
M‑87 M‑89

M-88 is a state trunkline highway in the U.S. state of Michigan. It runs between US Highway 31 (US 31) and US 131/M-66 in the Lower Peninsula. Running from Mancelona to Eastport, M-88 also goes through the communities of Bellaire and Central Lake. The highway is completely within Antrim County and is known by the street name of "Scenic Highway" outside of the various communities along its routing.

M-88 is an original trunkline dating back to the 1919 signing of the state system. An extension in the 1920s and paving in the late 1930s created the highway as it exists today. The highway was not listed on the National Highway System, nor is it included in the Lake Michigan Circle Tour.

Route description[edit]

M-88 starts in the community of Eastport at an intersection four blocks east of the Grand Traverse Bay of Lake Michigan next to Barnes County Park. From its start, it runs east along the northern end of Torch Lake. M-88 zig-zags south and east along Scenic Highway to the community of Central Lake. In Central Lake it runs south along Main Street, following the western shore of Intermediate Lake.[3][4] South of Intermediate Lake, M-88 crosses the Intermediate River on a historic designation-eligible Depression-era bridge along Bridge Street in Bellaire.[5] This section of M-88 is just west of the Antrim County Airport before the highway turns east on Cayuga Street in downtown and south on Division Street.[3] The Bellaire section of the trunkline is the location of the highest traffic levels along the highway. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) measures the annual average daily traffic (AADT) in traffic surveys. The 2007 survey showed that 5,200 vehicles used the section of roadway on the average day in Bellaire.[6]

South of Bellaire, M-88 passes the Chief Golf Course and the Legend, Summit and Bellaire golf clubs. M-88 crosses the Shanty Creek, which is the namesake of a resort in the area. South of the Bellaire Golf Club, M-88 turns eastward again, passing south of Schuss Mountain, another resort. This section of trunkline is used by 3,300 vehicles in the 2007 AADT survey.[6] Past Schuss Mountain, M-88 turns east at Alden highway and enters the community of Mancelona, passing the Fairview Cemetery. The highway runs along on State Street into downtown. M-88 ends at an intersection with US 131/M-66 running along Williams Street, and State Street continues eastward as C-38.[3][4]


M-88 was first designated by July 1, 1919 along its current routing between Mancelona and Bellaire. It was extended in 1927 through Central Lake to end in Eastport.[7] It was used as a temporary routing of US 31 between Eastport and Bellaire while the Elk Rapids to Eastport section of US 31 was reconstructed.[8] The first sections of roadway were paved near Bellaire in late 1936.[9][10] Paving was completed on the entire highway by late 1940[11][12] No changes have been made to the highway since.[4] None of the highway was added to the National Highway System, a system of strategically important highways.[13] The highway is not currently listed on the Lake Michigan Circle Tour or a Michigan Heritage Route.[4]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire highway is in Antrim County.

Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Eastport 0.000 0.000 US 31 / LMCT – Traverse City, Petoskey
Central Lake 5.744 9.244 C-65 (Ellsworth Road) – Charlevoix
Mancelona 26.215 42.189 US 131 / M‑66 (Williams Street) – Kalkaska, Petoskey
C-38 east (State Street) – Otsego Lake
Roadway continues on State Street as C-38
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (1919). State of Michigan: Lower Peninsula (Map). Cartography by MSHD. http://maps.lib.msu.edu/miroadmaps/1919-lp.htm. Retrieved March 2, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "MDOT Physical Reference Finder Application". Michigan Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Google Inc. "US-31 & M-88 to US-131 & M-88, Mancelona, MI 49659". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=US-31+%26+M-88,+MI&geocode=&dirflg=&daddr=US-131+%26+M-88,+Mancelona,+MI&f=d&sll=45.107107,-85.35271&sspn=0.009632,0.014505&ie=UTF8&z=11. Retrieved October 16, 2008.
  4. ^ a b c d Michigan Department of Transportation (2007). Official Department of Transportation Map (Map). 1in.:15mi./1cm.:9km.. Section F9–G10.
  5. ^ "M-88/Intermediate River". Michigan Department of Transportation. May 9, 2002. Retrieved March 13, 2008. 
  6. ^ a b Michigan Department of Transportation (2007). Statewide AADT Map (Map). http://www.michigan.gov/documents/adtfront_20092_7.pdf. Retrieved October 7, 2008.
  7. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (December 1, 1927). Official Highway Service Map (Map).
  8. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (May 1, 1929). Official Highway Service Map (Map).
  9. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (July 1, 1936). Official Highway Service Map (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally. Section F9–G10.
  10. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (December 15, 1936). 1936/7 Official Michigan Highway Map (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally (Winter ed.). Section F9–G10.
  11. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (July 15, 1940). 1940 Official Michigan Highway Map (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally (Summer ed.). Section F9–G10.
  12. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (December 1, 1940). 1940 Official Michigan Highway Map (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally (Winter ed.). Section F9–G10.
  13. ^ 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.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing