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M-119 Southern Terminus: US-31 east of Bay View, approximately 4 miles east of downtown Petoskey
Northern Terminus: Downtown Cross Village at jct C-66/C-77 (cnr N Lakeshore Dr & N State Rd)
Length: Updated 27.549 miles
Map: Route Map of M-119
Notes: The 20-mile portion of M-119 between Harbor Springs and Cross Village is known as the "Tunnel of Trees," a scenic drive paralleling the Lake Michigan shoreline. Unlike other state-maintained highways, M-119 through this stretch has no shoulders and in most places, is not marked with center dividing lines as the pavement is not a full two lanes wide in many areas. The trip along this portion of M-119 features two sharp hairpin turns ("Devil's Elbow" and "Horseshoe Bend"), as well as trees and brush growing right up to the edge of the pavement. Needless to say, the route is popular with tourists (locals tend to opt for C-77 instead), who can slow travel on the highway in season to a crawl. In that sense, drivers are warned to use caution, being aware of slow drivers. The road in winter can become all but impassible with Lake Effect snowfalls and few snowplow trips...
M-119, including the "Tunnel of Trees" portion was officially designated a Scenic Heritage Route in December 2002.
New! Prior to being designated M-119 in 1979, the trunkline spur from US-31 east of Bay View in Emmet Co northerly and westerly to Harbor Springs since 1927 (and continuing further from Harbor Springs via Good Hart to Cross Village from 1933–1937 and 1945–onward) was designated M-131 as a "logical extension" of the route of US-131. From 1927 until 1939, US-131 terminated "in the middle of nowhere" between Walton Junction and Fife Lake in southeastern Grand Traverse Co, with M-131 continuing northerly through Kalkaska, Mancelona, and Boyne Falls to Petoskey. Beginning in 1933, M-131 continued concurrently with US-31 through Bay View and then around Little Traverse Bay to Harbor Springs to Cross Village. (Between 1937 and 1945, M-131 was scaled back to end at Harbor Springs, but was re-extended to Cross Village again after World War II.) In 1939, the lion's share of M-131 from near Fife Lake to Petoskey was designated as a northerly extension of US-131, leaving M-131 to only run from Petoskey northerly. Finally in 1979, assumedly to reduce motorist confusion between to extremely similarly-numbered routes, M-131 was renumbered M-119 in its entirety.
New! In April 1946, State Highway Commissioner Charles M. Ziegler, when specifically asked by Petoskey area journalists, stated there were no plans to continue the M-131 state trunkline (which M-119 was then designated) from its terminus at Cross Village northeasterly through Wilderness State Park to Mackinaw City, "to complete a scenic circuit" along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Ziegler stated such a project would be "many years in the future as the route has not been accepted as a trunk line and must be so designated by the legislature and administrative board before the highway department can act." Ziegler did note, "there was opposition to putting a 'high-speed' highway through the area and destroying it's 'wilderness' character." No known serious efforts have ever been put forth to "complete" a state highway routing in northwestern Emmet Co through Wilderness State Park.
History: 1928 (Jun 28) - A new 4.0-mile state trunkline is designated from US-12 in downtown Paw Paw and continuing southerly to a terminus in downtown Lawton.
  1929 (Aug 29) - A slight realignment "cuts the corner" just north of Lawton saving 4/10 mile from the former route via 62nd Ave and 31st St, which is turned back to local control.
  1931 (June 19) New! - The State Administrative Board approves a 10.6-mile extension of M-119 from downtown Lawton southerly to the west limit of Marcellus in Cass Co as the single largest addition to the state highway system out of a total of 30 additional miles of roadway approved to be added to the trunkline sytem.
  1931 (Jul 22) - The 10.6-mile extension of M-119 from downtown Lawton southerly to Marcellus approved by the State Administrative Board a month earlier is officially determined as a state trunkline highway route.
  1933 (Jul 12) - An additional 10.3 miles of state trunkline are added from Marcellus southerly to M-60 near Jones as a southerly extension of M-119.
  1935 (Jan 7) - Yet another southerly extension, this time 6.4 miles in length, takes M-119 south from M-60 at Jones to meet US-112 two miles west of Mottville.
  1938 (Dec 6) - A slight realignment on the southern limits of Lawton "smooths out" a pair of sharp turns, the former route being turned back to local control. A similar, albeit slightly longer, realignment shaves 0.7 mile from the route of M-119 in southeastern Van Buren Co at Cedar Lake. The former route via 31st St, 93rd Avd and 94th Ave, is turned back to local control.
  1949 (Nov 7) - A slight realignment "cuts the corner" along the Marcellus/Newberg Twp line south of Marcellus, shaving 8/10 mile from the route of M-119. The former route via Old 119 and Dutch Settlement Rd is turned back to local control.
  1949 (Nov 10) - M-119 is shortened by a few hundred yards when US-112 at the southern end of M-119 is realigned slightly north of its former alignment.
  1954 (Jul 9) - M-119 is realigned to bypass Jones to the east, with the former route being turned back to local control.
  1960 (Feb 10) - With the coming of the I-94/US-12 freeway past the south side of Paw Paw, the route of M-119 is realigned to the west and a interchange is constructed with the new freeway. The former route is turned back to local control.
  1968 (Nov 29) - A short realignment two miles south of downtown Lawton shaves 0.02 mile from M-119.
  1971 (Sept 11) New! The State Highway Dept announces a change in highway route designations involving M-40 and M-119 in Van Buren, Cass and Berrien Cos to go into effect later in the fall. From Paw Paw, M-119 will be supplanted in its entirety by a rerouted M-40, which will now continue south from Paw Paw through Lawton and Marcellus, terminating at US-12 west of Mottville. The former route of M-40 between I-94 west of Paw Paw southerly through Decatur and Dowagiac to Niles will be redesignated as M-51. The concurrent I-94/M-40 segment between Exits 56 and 60 becomes just I-94. Reasons given for the change by MSHD officials include motorist confusion with having M-40 routed along I-94 for four miles and the M-119 route from Paw Paw southerly being a much more logical routing for M-40 to follow.
  1971 (Nov) Updated Following completion of a widening project along M-40 in downtown Dowagiac, the route designation changes for M-40 and M-119 announced earlier in the year take effect. All M-119 route markers are changed out for M-40 signs, while all M-40 signs between I-94 at Exit 56 and downtown Niles are swapped out for new M-51 markers. The M-119 route designation is retired at this point and the length of M-40 is shortened by 9½ miles.
  1979 - All of M-131 is redesignated as M-119, likely to reduce confusion with nearby US-131, which terminates in Petoskey. M-131-turned-M-119 begins at US-31 east of Bay View and continues via Harbor Springs and Good Hart to a terminus at jct C-66/C-77 in Cross Village. One internal MDOT source, however, indicates M-119 (and M-131 before it) as beginning at jct US-31 & US-131 (cnr Charlevoix Ave & Spring St) on the west side of Petoskey and continuing easterly via US-31 through Bay View to the present-day beginning of M-119 before turning northerly toward Harbor Springs. It is unclear whether M-119 is ever signed along US-31 through Petoskey, but any such signs would be gone within a decade if it is, indeed, posted.
Freeway/Expwy: No portion of M-119 is freeway or expressway.
Pure Michigan Byway: Scenic Heritage Route MarkerM-119 Tunnel of Trees Heritage Route - Officially designated a Scenic Heritage Route in June 2003. This is the famous "Tunnel of Trees" route connecting Harbor Springs with Cross Village in Emmet Co.
Photographs:
Weblinks: M-119 @ Michigan Highway Ends - photos of the termini of M-119 at Dan Garnell's excellent Michigan Highway Ends website.
  M-119 Tunnel of Trees Heritage Route from the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments.
  M-119 Heritage Route Management Plan (PDF document) from the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments.
  Public invited to celebrate in Cross Village at M-119 'Tunnel of Trees' dedication ceremony from MDOT.
  Beauty at Risk: Protecting M-119 Corridor from the Traverse City Record-Eagle.
  M-119 Page & Photos - from Casey Cress' West Michigan's Sunset Coast website.

 

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