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M-155 (Michigan highway)

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M-155 marker

M-155
Old M-155
M-155 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MDOT
Length3.420 mi[5] (5.504 km)
Existed1931[1][2]–present
HistoryLast signed on a state map in 1991[3][4]
Major junctions
South endHillcrest Center (former Howell State Hospital)
North end BL I-96 in Howell
Location
CountiesLivingston
Highway system
M-154M-156

M-155 was a signed state trunkline in the US state of Michigan that served as a spur route from Business Loop Interstate 96 (BL I-96) in Howell in Livingston County to the Hillcrest Center, the former Howell State Hospital. It was originally designated in the early 1930s and outlasted the hospital which closed in 1982. The roadway was removed from state maps after 1991 but remains under state maintenance as an unsigned trunkline listed as either M-155 or Old M-155.

Route description[edit]

OLD M-155 begins in front of the former state hospital on High Hillcrest Drive and runs north and northwesterly through a field and out of the property. The road passes some houses in the area as it curves onto Country Farm Road next to Sanatorium Lake, turning northward. From there, the trunkline follows Country Farm Road to Norton Road through Marion Township. The trunkline follows Norton Road east over the South Branch of the Shiawassee River and then northeasterly past a residential subdivision. OLD M-155 then turns due east on Mason Road, running along the Marion–Howell township line before crossing into the city of Howell next to I-96. There is no interchange for the unsigned trunkline as it crosses over the freeway. The trunkline runs through more residential subdivisions before it turns northward onto Michigan Avenue. After one-half mile (0.80 km), the trunkline terminates at the intersection with BL I-96 (Grand River Avenue) in downtown Howell.[6][7]

As the highway is still under state jurisdiction, M-155 is maintained by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). In 2011, the department's traffic surveys showed that on average, 13,699 vehicles used the highway daily in Howell and 3,960 vehicles did so each day near the southern terminus, the highest and lowest counts along the highway, respectively.[8] No section of OLD M-155 is listed on the National Highway System,[9] a network of roads important to the country's economy, defense, and mobility.[10]

History[edit]

The Michigan State Sanatorium was opened on September 1, 1907, to treat adult patients with tuberculosis.[11] Children were later treated there starting in 1915.[12] After 1955 the hospital also handled patients with mental illnesses. In 1961 the sanatorium became the Howell State Hospital, and later the Hillcrest Center in 1978. The facility operated until September 30, 1982, when it was closed. and the building finally demolished a few years after.[13] M-155 was designated in 1931; it began at the hospital and ran to a junction with US Highway 16 (modern BL I-96) in Howell.[1][2] After the hospital was abandoned, the trunkline designation remained on the road, serving a field. The designation last appeared on official state maps in 1991.[3][4] The highway remains an unsigned trunkline.[6]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire highway is in Livingston County.

Locationmi[5]kmDestinationsNotes
Marion Township0.0000.000High Hillcrest DriveAccess to former state hospital
Howell3.4205.504 BL I-96 – Lansing, Detroit
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Michigan State Highway Department & Rand McNally (July 1, 1931). Official Highway Service Map (Map). [c. 1:840,000]. Lansing: Michigan State Highway Department. § L12. OCLC 12701053. Retrieved December 18, 2016 – via Archives of Michigan.
  2. ^ a b Michigan State Highway Department & Rand McNally (October 1, 1931). Official Highway Service Map (Map). [c. 1:840,000]. Lansing: Michigan State Highway Department. § L12. OCLC 12701053.
  3. ^ a b Michigan Department of Transportation (1991). Celebrate the Great Lakes, Yes Michigan: Michigan Department of Transportation Map (Map). c. 1:918,720. Lansing: Michigan Department of Transportation. § L12. OCLC 42778335.
  4. ^ a b Michigan Department of Transportation (1992). Celebrate the Great Lakes, Yes Michigan: Michigan Department of Transportation Map (Map). c. 1:918,720. Lansing: Michigan Department of Transportation. § L12. OCLC 42778335, 318947496.
  5. ^ a b Michigan Department of Transportation & Michigan Center for Shared Solutions and Technology Partnerships (2009). MDOT Physical Reference Finder Application (Map). Michigan Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
  6. ^ a b Michigan Department of Transportation (2010). Truck Operator's Map (Map). Scale not given. Lansing: Michigan Department of Transportation. § L12.
  7. ^ Google (March 11, 2008). "Overview Map of Old M-155" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 11, 2008.
  8. ^ Bureau of Transportation Planning (2008). "Traffic Monitoring Information System". Michigan Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 30, 2012.
  9. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (April 23, 2006). National Highway System, Michigan (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Lansing: Michigan Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 21, 2012. Retrieved October 7, 2008.
  10. ^ Natzke, Stefan; Neathery, Mike & Adderly, Kevin (June 20, 2012). "What is the National Highway System?". National Highway System. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  11. ^ "Administration Building, Michigan State Sanatorium, Being Erected At Howell". Detroit Free Press. September 1, 1907. p. 1. ISSN 1055-2758. Retrieved July 9, 2012 – via ProQuest Archiver.
  12. ^ "State Sanatorium To Treat Children". Detroit Free Press. p. 7. ISSN 1055-2758. Retrieved July 9, 2012 – via ProQuest Archiver.
  13. ^ Humphrey, Laurie (October 5, 2007). "Former Employees of Michigan State Sanatorium Commemorate 25th Anniversary of Facility's Closing". The Livingston Community News. Brighton, MI. OCLC 53872770. Archived from the original on July 9, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012.

External links[edit]

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  • M-155 at Michigan Highways