Michigan Heritage Route
|Michigan Heritage Routes|
Highway markers for Historic, Recreational, and Scenic Heritage Routes
Map of the Michigan Heritage Routes
Historic Recreational Scenic
|Maintained by MDOT|
|Formed:||June 22, 1993|
|Length:||880.949 mi (1,417.750 km)|
|Interstates:||Interstate nn (I-nn)|
|US Routes:||US Highway nn (US nn)|
A Michigan Heritage Route is the designation for a segment of the State Trunkline Highway System in the US state of Michigan that is a "scenic, recreational, or historic route that is representative of Michigan's natural and cultural heritage." The designation was created by the state legislature on June 22, 1993, and since then five historic, six recreational and five scenic heritage routes have been designated by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) in both the Upper and Lower peninsulas of the state. Another three have been proposed.
Working with local communities, organizations, and government agencies, the Heritage Route program strives to identify roads that access Michigan's unique natural, scenic, historic, recreational, and cultural resources. The program also attempts to preserve the unique and irreplaceable qualities of selected corridors, improve distinct roads in a careful and considerate way, promote a greater awareness of and appreciation for the state's scenic, recreational, historical and cultural resources; thereby, providing economic benefits by stimulating tourism. Additions to the system are made when local organizations apply to MDOT through a two-stage process.
The three types of heritage routes are defined in Public Act 69 of 1993, the legislation that established the system. The Legislature defined these types to be:
- significant to the history, archeology, architecture, engineering, or culture of this state.
- facilities normally associated with leisure-time activities, including, but not limited to, parks, public access sites, wildlife refuges, forest areas, marinas, swimming areas, hiking trails, and sightseeing areas.
- an area of outstanding natural beauty whose features include, but are not limited to, significant natural features such as vegetation, land form, water, and open areas with exceptional vistas and views, that singly or in combination make that area unique and distinct in character.
There are five historic, six recreational and five scenic heritage routes in Michigan, with three additional routes in various stages of proposal.
|Type||Name||Length (mi)||Length (km)||Southern or western terminus||Northern or eastern terminus||Designated||Description||References|
|Historic||Bay City Historic Heritage Route||1.474||2.372||Madison Avenue in Bay City||Livingston Street in Bay City||October 23, 1997||Follows M-25 through the Center Avenue Neighborhood Residential District in Bay City|||
|Recreational||Chief Noonday Trail Recreational Heritage Route||16.963||27.299||US 131 in Bradley||M-43 near Hastings||1998||Follows M-179 in Allegan and Barry counties|||
|Scenic||Copper Country Trail||47.617||76.632||Portage Lake Lift Bridge in Hancock||M-26 in Copper Harbor||September 26, 1995||Follows US 41 in the Copper Country; also designated as a National Scenic Byway by the Federal Highway Administration; first Scenic Heritage Route in the state|||
|Recreational||I-69 Recreational Heritage Route||47.188||75.942||Indiana state line south of Kinderhook||Calhoun–Eaton county line||October 8, 2004||Follows I-69 from the Indiana state line in Branch and Calhoun counties in the southern Lower Peninsula|||
|Historic||Iron County Heritage Trail||15.577||25.069||M-189 (4th Avenue) in Iron River||5th Street in Crystal Falls||2000||Follows US 2 through Iron County|||
|Scenic||Leelanau Scenic Heritage Route||81.007||130.368||Benzie–Leelanau county line south of Empire||M-72 in Traverse City||2002||Follows M-22 (66.956 mi, 107.755 km and M-109 (6.831 mi, 10.993 km) around the Leelanau Peninsula, along the Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay shorelines and includes M-204 (7.220 mi, 11.619 km) across the peninsula|||
|Proposed||M-134||50.233||80.842||I-75 north of St. Ignace||Four Corners on Drummond Island||—||Would follow M-134 across the southeastern section of the Upper Peninsula and onto Drummond Island|||
|Historic||Marshall's Territorial Road Heritage Route||2.052||3.302||Western Marshall city limits||Eastern Marshall city limits||January 11, 2001||Follows Business Loop I-94 along the former Territorial Road in Marshall|||
|Historic||Monroe Historic Heritage Route||2.115||3.404||Southern Monroe city limits||Northern Monroe city limists||1995||Follows M-125 through downtown Monroe|||
|Scenic||Old Mission Peninsula Scenic Heritage Route||17.304||27.848||Peninsula Drive north of Traverse City||Cul-de-sac at Old Mission Lighthouse||March 7, 2008||Follows M-37 along the Old Mission Peninsula north of Traverse City|||
|Proposed||Ontonagon County||82.389||132.592||Loop in Ontonagon County||—||Would follow US 45, M-26, M-38, M-64, and M-28 connecting Bruce Crossing, Ontonagon, Silver City and Bergland|||
|Recreational||Pathway to Family Fun Recreational Heritage Route||72.765||117.104||Waldron Road in Clarkston||M-25 in Bay City||July 8, 1998||Originally called the "Miles to Smiles Recreational Heritage Route"; follows M-15 from Clarkston in Oakland County to Bay City|||
|Recreational||Sunrise Side Coastal Highway||193.061||310.702||Cedar Street in Standish||Nicolet Avenue in Mackinaw City||May 6, 2004||Follows US 23 along the Lake Huron shoreline|||
|Scenic||Tahquamenon Scenic Heritage Route||62.505||100.592||M-28 south of Newberry||M-28 near Eckerman||November 9, 2007||Follows M-123 in an inverted U-shape north of M-28 in Luce and Chippewa counties past the Tahquamenon Falls State Park|||
|Scenic||Tunnel of Trees Scenic Heritage Route||21.028||33.841||Western Harbor Springs city limits||C-66/C-77 (State Road) in Cross Village||January 1, 2003||Follows M-119 through the "Tunnel of Trees"|||
|Recreational||UP Hidden Coast Recreational Heritage Trail||64.451||103.724||Wisconsin state line in Menominee||Mather Avenue in Gladstone||August 28, 2007||Follows M-35, US 2, and US 41 along the Green Bay and Little Bay de Noc|||
|Historic||US 12 Heritage Trail||210.367||338.553||Indiana state line in New Buffalo||Woodward Avenue in Detroit||June 9, 2004||Follows US 12 across the southern Lower Peninsula, including segments previously designated separately along Michigan Avenue in Saline and in Lenawee County|||
|Proposed||West Michigan Pike||356.527||573.775||Indiana state line south of Niles||Mackinaw City||—||Would follow US 31 northward along the route of the former West Michigan Pike and along the Lake Michigan shoreline|||
|Recreational||Woodward Avenue Recreational Heritage Route||25.475||40.998||Jefferson Avenue in Detroit||Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard in Pontiac||August 4, 1999||Follows M-1 and BL I-75/BUS US 24 (Woodward Avenue); also designated the Automotive Heritage Trail All-American Road by the Federal Highway Administration and a part of the MotorCity National Heritage Area|||
Michigan has three National Forest Scenic Byways that run along county roads that are not eligible to be Michigan Heritage Routes:
- Black River National Forest Scenic Byway
- River Road National Forest Scenic Byway (also a National Scenic Byway)
- Whitefish Bay National Forest Scenic Byway
- Michigan Legislature (June 22, 1993). "Public Act 69 of 1993: Michigan Heritage Routes" (PDF). Michigan Compiled Laws. Legislative Council, State of Michigan. p. 1. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
- 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 19, 2014.
- Staff. "Michigan: State Program". National Scenic Byway Program. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved July 14, 2012.[dead link]
- Staff. "Heritage Route Program". Highway Programs. Michigan Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
- Staff (August 20, 2010). "How to Apply". Highway Programs. Michigan Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
- Maxwell, Terrion (October 23, 1997). "Bay City Receives Historic Heritage Route Designation" (Press release). Michigan Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on December 12, 2008. Retrieved May 10, 2008.
- Center Avenue Heritage Route Trust. "Center Avenue Heritage Route (M-25)". Heritage Route Application, Appendix B: Regional and Route Location Maps (Map). Scale not given.
- Randall, Gary L. (February 3, 1999). "House Chamber, Lansing, Wednesday, February 3, 1999". Journal of the House of Representatives, 90th Legislature. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- "Chief Noonday Trail Corridor Map" (Map). Scale not given.
- Staff. "Copper Country Trail: Official Designations". America's Byways. Federal Highway Administration. Archived from the original on June 21, 2013. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
- Meyer, Zlaty (June 29, 2008). "You Haven't Lived Here Until ... You've Topped Out At Copper Harbor". Detroit Free Press. p. B4. ISSN 1055-2758.
- Baker, Gary (October 9, 2004). "Stretch of I-69 Designated as MDOT Recreation Heritage Route". Coldwater Daily Reporter. News section. ISSN 0745-6794.
- "Attachment A: Narrative Description of Proposed Route". I-69 Recreation Heritage Route Application. I-69 Recreation Heritage Route Management Team. p. 1.
- Friends of the Iron County Heritage Trail (October 2013). "Figure 2: Corridor Map". Iron County Heritage Trail Corridor Management Plan (Map). Cartography by Western UP Planning & Development. pp. 1, 7.
- Leelanau Scenic Heritage Route Committee. "The Leelanau Scenic Heritage Route" (PDF). Northwest Michigan Council of Governments. p. 6. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
- Eppley, Jonathan (October 23, 2008). "Plan Would Make M-134 a Heritage Route: Regional Planning Commission Sees Economic Benefits". St. Ignace News. p. A1. OCLC 36250796. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
- Michigan Department of Transportation (PDF). Michigan Byways (Map). Scale not given. Cartography by MDOT. http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdot/MichiganHeritageRoutesByways11_12_406214_7.pdf. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
- Hinde, Jill (January 12, 2001). "West Michigan Avenue Designated as a Michigan Heritage Route". The Marshall Chronicle. p. 1. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- "Marshall's Michigan Avenue Honored as Michigan Heritage Route (Historic)". The Marshall Chronicle. October 29, 2001. p. 15. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- Staff. "Monroe Street (M-125)". America's Byways. Federal Highway Administration. Archived from the original on October 18, 2011. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
- Staff. "Monroe Street (M-125): Official Designations". America's Byways. Federal Highway Administration. Archived from the original on December 30, 2011. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
- "Year 2000 Nomination Form". Monroe Historic Heritage Route Corridor Management Plan. City of Monroe. 2000.
- Skinner, Victor (March 7, 2008). "M-37 on Old Mission Designated Scenic Route". Traverse City Record-Eagle. OCLC 30098364. Archived from the original on April 14, 2014. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
- M-37 Scenic Heritage Route Nominating Team (September 1, 2000). "M-37 Proposed Heritage Route". Old Mission Peninsula Scenic Heritage Route (Map). Cartography by Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, Michigan Center for Geographic Information. p. 22.
- Graham, David V. (July 8, 1998). "Road Less Traveled Getting Some Respect: M-15, Old 'Up North' Route Gets State Designation". The Flint Journal. p. C1. OCLC 9974225.
- M-15 Recreation Heritage Route Revised Management Plan. M-15 Heritage Route Management Committee. 2013. pp. 4, 9.
- "US 23 Heritage Route Gets Official Designation". Iosco County News-Herald (East Tawas, MI). May 12, 2004. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
- Northeast Michigan Council of Governments; East Central Michigan Planning and Development Regional Commission (2009). US 23 Huron Shores Heritage Route Management Plan. Northeast Michigan Council of Governments.
- Lake, James (November 9, 2007). "M-123 Tahquamenon Scenic Heritage Route Expanded" (Press release). Michigan Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
- Tahquamenon Scenic Heritage Route Committee (2007). Tahquamenon Scenic Heritage Route Management Plan (PDF). Sault Ste. Marie, MI: Eastern UP Regional Planning and Development Commission. p. 2. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
- Gray, Fred (June 26, 2003). "Scenic Heritage Route Dedicated Saturday". Petoskey News-Review. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- M-119 Tunnel of Trees Scenic Heritage Route Committee (2008). "M-119 Scenic Views". M-119 Tunnel of Trees Scenic Heritage Route Management Plan Update (Map). Scale not given. Cartography by Northwest Michigan Council of Governments.
- "MDOT Declares UP Road as Heritage Route". Negaunee, MI: WLUC-TV. August 28, 2007.
- UP Hidden Coast Recreation Heritage Route Planning Committee (September 2013). "Chapter 1: Introduction". UP Hidden Coast Recreation Heritage Route Management Plan. Escanaba, MI: Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission. p. 2.
- "US 12 Gains National Heritage Trail Moniker". The Blade (Toledo, OH). p. B1. OCLC 12962717. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
- SmithGroup JJR & Michigan State University Department of Park, Recreation and Tourism Resources (December 2003). US 12 Historic Heritage Trail Application & Corridor Management Plan. US 12 Heritage Trail Council.
- "Will Old US 31 Become a Michigan Heritage Route?". The Muskegon Chronicle. Chronicle News Service. March 31, 2008. Archived from the original on May 26, 2014. Retrieved April 13, 2014.
- Lupo, Lee (May 5, 2008). "Return of the Pike". The Muskegon Chronicle. Archived from the original on May 26, 2014. Retrieved April 13, 2014.
- Kloosterman, Stephen (December 8, 2011). "Get Your Kicks ... on the West Michigan Pike". Holland Sentinel. Archived from the original on May 26, 2014. Retrieved April 13, 2014.
- Ballou, Brian (August 4, 1999). "Woodward Winner Storied Avenue Labeled a Michigan Heritage Road: Plans In Works For Continuous Identity From Detroit To Pontiac". Detroit Free Press. p. B1. ISSN 1055-2758. Retrieved July 14, 2012. (subscription required)
- Tamboer, Andrea (October 28, 2009). "Woodward Avenue (M-1) Gets All-American Road Designation". Detroit: Booth Newspapers. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
- Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (1998). "Woodward Avenue Heritage Route Designation". Woodward Avenue Heritage Route Management Plan (Map). Cartography by SEMCOG. p. 9.
- Heritage Routes at Michigan Highways