M-75 (Michigan highway)

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This article is about the state trunkline highway in Michigan. For the Interstate Highway, see Interstate 75 in Michigan.

M-75 marker

M-75 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MDOT
Length: 11.768 mi[3] (18.939 km)
History: 1919–1927 as M-57[1]
1927–present as M-75[2]
Major junctions
South end: US 131 at Boyne Falls
North end: US 131 at Walloon Lake
Counties: Charlevoix
Highway system
I‑75 M‑76

M-75 is a 11.768-mile-long (18.939 km) segment of state trunkline highway located in Charlevoix County in the U.S. state of Michigan. This highway serves as a loop off US Highway 131 (US 131), providing access to Boyne City. The highway happens to be geographically close to Interstate 75 (I-75), but they are not related.

Route description[edit]

M-75 begins in downtown Boyne Falls at an intersection with US 131. It follows Mill Street northwesterly out of town, passing to the north of a lake and the Boyne Mountain Airport. The airport property ends at the intersection with C-48 west of Boyne Falls. M-75 runs parallel to the Boyne River until it turns west near the Boyne City Municipal Airport to enter the community of Boyne City on East Division Street. Two blocks further west, it meets C-73/East Jordan Road next to the Maple Lawn Cemetery. Next to the cemetery, the highway follows Boyne Avenue northwesterly into downtown. The trunkline turns north on East Street to cross the Boyne River and then turns east on State Street passing Rotary Park on the way out of town.[4] The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) measures the average annual daily traffic (AADT) in traffic surveys. AADT is a measure of the average traffic levels for a section of roadway on any given day of the year. The southern segment of M-75 carried 6,500 vehicles daily in the 2007 survey.[5] Of these vehicles, commercial traffic was measured at 280 trucks.[6]

East of Boyne City, M-75 turns northward and runs in that direction until turning again to follow the south shore of Walloon Lake. There it follows North Shore Drive into the town of Walloon Lake. M-75 ends at an intersection with US 131. The roadway continues eastward as C-81/Springvale Road.[4] This northern segment carried 4,100 vehicles and 170 trucks in 2007.[5][6] Neither segment is listed on the National Highway System, a system of strategically important highways.[7]


In 1919, the trunkline running through Boyne City was originally labeled M-57.[1] In 1927, the entire highway was renumbered, and since this change, the trunkline has carried the M-75 moniker.[2] The M-75 designation was left unaltered when US 27 between Gaylord and Indian River was converted to a freeway; this freeway was redesignated as I-75 in 1962.[8][9] Some states, such as California, do not allow two highways in their state to carry the same highway number,[10] which is not the case in Michigan.[11] A reconstruction project in 1966 bypassed some sharp curves in the roadway and straightened sections between Boyne City and Walloon Lake.[12] As of 2008, the highway remains unaltered since the reconstruction.[11]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire highway is in Charlevoix County.

Location Mile[3] km Destinations Notes
Boyne Falls 0.000 0.000 US 131 – Kalkaska, Petoskey
Boyne Valley Township 0.861 1.386 C-48 west (East Deer Lake Road) – East Jordan Western edge of gap in C-48 routing
Boyne City 4.728 7.609 C-73 south (East Jordan Road) – East Jordan
5.280 8.497 C-56 west (Lake Street) – Charlevoix
Walloon Lake 11.768 18.939 US 131 – Kalkaska, Petoskey
C-81 north (Springvale Road) – Bay View
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Michigan State Highway Department (July 1, 1919). State of Michigan: Lower Peninsula (Map). Cartography by MSHD.
  2. ^ a b Michigan State Highway Department (December 1, 1927). Official Highway Service Map (Map). Cartography by MSHD.
  3. ^ a b 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 April 10, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Google, Inc. "Overview Map of M-75". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&saddr=Boyne+Falls,+MI&daddr=45.201151,-84.979248+to:N+M+75+to:Walloon+Lake,+MI&hl=en&geocode=%3B%3BFU8csgIdREnv-g%3B&mra=dpe&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=12&via=1,2&sll=45.21694,-84.920765&sspn=0.153814,0.232086&ie=UTF8&z=12. Retrieved August 12, 2008.
  5. ^ a b Michigan Department of Transportation (2007) (PDF). Statewide AADT Map (Map). Cartography by MDOT. http://www.michigan.gov/documents/adtfront_20092_7.pdf. Retrieved October 7, 2008.
  6. ^ a b Michigan Department of Transportation (2007) (PDF). Commercial Statewide AADT Map (Map). Cartography by MDOT. http://www.michigan.gov/documents/cadtfront_19920_7.pdf. Retrieved October 7, 2008.
  7. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (April 23, 2006) (PDF). National Highway System, Michigan (Map). Cartography by MDOT. http://www.michigan.gov/documents/MDOT_NHS_Statewide_150626_7.pdf. Retrieved October 7, 2008.
  8. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (1962). Official Highway Map (Map). Cartography by MSHD.
  9. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (1963). Official Highway Map (Map). Cartography by MSHD.
  10. ^ "Route Renumbering: New Green Markers Will Replaces Old Shields" (PDF). California Highways and Public Works 43 (1–2): 11–14. March–April 1964. ISSN 0008-1159. Retrieved March 8, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b Michigan Department of Transportation (2008). Official Department of Transportation Map (Map). 1 in:15 mi / 1 cm:9 km. Cartography by MDOT.
  12. ^ Michigan Department of State Highways (1966). Official Highway Map (Map). Cartography by MDSH. Section F10.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing