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M-116 Southern Terminus: US-10 in downtown Ludington (cnr Ludington Ave & James St)
Northern Terminus: Entrance to Ludington State Park, 7 miles north-northwest of downtown Ludington
Length: Updated 7.018 miles
Map: Route Map of M-116
Notes: This highway was constructed as the first leg in a proposed Ludington-to-Manistee shoreline route earmarked to become US-31 when complete. The new highway made it as far as the Big Sable River when local opposition prompted the State Highway Dept to continue to route US-31 on the existing, inland alignment. M-116 since then has primarily served as the access highway into Ludington State Park.
History: 1928 (Jun 28) - A new trunkline is determined from the north city limit of Ludington north and northwesterly parallelling the Lake Michigan shoreline for 5.1 miles to the Sable River, although the roadway itself will not be completed for several years.
  1931 (Jul 15) - An additional mile of trunkline is designated from the southern end of M-116 at the Ludington city limit southerly for 1.0 mile to the cnr of Lake Shore Dr & Ludington St. Also, Ludington St from Lake Shore Dr easterly to US-10 downtown becomes an official state trunkline due to the Dykstra Act. These 1931 segments are, at this time, the only portions of M-116 complete and open to traffic.
  1933 (Mar 14) - A new 3.89 mile long alignment of M-116, closer to the Lake Michigan shoreline than the 1928 alignment, is officially designated and opened to traffic. This route runs from Lake Shore Dr north of Jagger Rd (north of Ludington) to just south of the Sable River.
  1933 (Jul 12) - The original 5.1 mile long proposed routing for M-116, replaced by the March 14th alignment noted above, is officially cancelled. (It was never built.)
  1934 - The bridge over the Sable River at the north end of the completed M-116 is completed.
  1935 (Oct 31) - A 0.23 mile extension of M-116 on its northern end is made official, encompassing the Big Sable River bridge built the previous year.
  1936 - The one-mile long route of US-31A "bypass" of Ludington via Pere Marquette Hwy from Sixth St to US-10/US-31/Ludington Ave is redesignated as part of US-31. Thus, the route of M-116 is extended easterly with US-10 via Ludington Ave to the former jct of US-10 & US-31 (cnr Ludington Ave & Washington St), then turns southerly via the former US-31 along Washington St, easterly via Second St, southerly via Madison St, then easterly via Sixth St, terminating at US-31/Pere Marquette Hwy.
  1937 (Aug 30) - The 1936 extension of M-116 through Ludington then southeasterly via the former route of US-31 is rolled back when the former US-31 routing via Washington, Second, Madison and Sixth Sts is turned back to local control. M-116 once again terminates at US-10 at the cnr of Ludington Ave & Robert St.
  1940s? Updated - Internal State Highway Dept maps indicate an additional 6.237 miles of roadway north from the northern terminus of M-116 at the Big Sable River bridge into the Nordhouse Dunes area were to be graded and drainage structures installed, possibly as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) program. Work on this segment never seems to have commenced and records seem to indicate it was never officially "determined" as a state trunkline. (The modern-day road leading to the Big Sable Point Lighthouse was not built as part of this proposed highway extension.)
  1942 (Jan 28) - The route of US-10 from downtown Ludington to the Pere Marquette Lake Michigan Carferries is changed slightly. Instead of turning southerly via Robert St, US-10 now runs one block farther west via Ludington Ave to William St, then southerly to carferry docks. Thus, the route of M-116 is shortened by one block and now ends at the cnr of Ludington & William.
  1998 - The routings of both M-116 and US-10 in downtown Ludington are altered. Previously, US-10 traveled through downtown Ludington via Ludington Ave, then turned southerly via William St for several blocks, "ending" at the Lake Michigan Carferry dock at the south end of William St. With the removal of the CSX railroad tracks in the area (the tracks which, ironically, led to the creation of the ferry service in the first place), the US-10 routing now leaves Ludington Ave at James St in the heart of downtown Ludington, and proceeds southerly via James St for seven blocks to the carferry docks. The portion of the former US-10 routing via Ludington Ave from James St to William St (three blocks) becomes an extension of M-116. The portion along William St from Ludington Ave to Filer St (two blocks) is likely turned back to local control. In all, M-116 is extended for three blocks, or approximately 2/10 mile, from 6.85 to 7.05 miles in total length.
Freeway/Expwy: No portion of M-116 is freeway or expressway.
Weblinks: M-116 @ Michigan Highway Ends - photos of the termini of M-116 at Dan Garnell's excellent Michigan Highway Ends website.

M-117 Southern Terminus: US-2 one mile south of Engadine (cnr Country Ave & Lake Michigan Scenic Hwy)
Northern Terminus: M-28 southwest of Newberry, 3 miles west of the western M-28 & M-123 junction
Length: Updated 14.480 miles
Map: Route Map of M-117
Notes: Although a rather short highway by many definitions, M-117 serves an important need: connecting two of the Upper Peninsula's major east-west highways, US-2 and M-28. Except at their western end, US-2 and M-28 come no closer than they do in the M-117 area. Much of the through traffic heading to or from the Central U.P./Keweenaw Peninsula areas and the Mackinc Bridge use M-117 as a connector between US-2 and M-28.
History: 1930s - The first iteration of M-117 existed during the 1930s—at least on paper—in Monroe Co. Internal State Highway Dept maps indicate the portion of Lewis Ave from the bend just north of Ida to M-50 and Ida-Maybee Rd from M-50 to M-130/North Custer Rd is officially M-117, although not likely signed in the field. Lewis Ave is signed as part of US-23, while Ida-Maybee as part of M-130. M-117 may have been assigned to this route to take over for the US-23 and M-130 designations once the planned relocation of US-23 in the area was completed—which never occurred. As of 1939, this "paper" M-117 designation no longer shows up on internal maps.
  1941 - A new shoreline routing for US-2 between the Gould City area (west of Engadine) and Epoufette is completed and opened to traffic. The 8 mile segment of the former route of US-2 via Hiawatha Tr from the new US-2 at Epoufette to M-48 east of Rexton is redesignated M-117.
  1949 (Nov 10) - Several state trunkline route changes in western Mackinac Co on this date. First, the route of M-48 from Garnet northerly to M-28, westerly via M-28 to Newberry and northerly to north of Newberry is officially relocated to a new proposed alignment from Garnet angling directly to the southwest, meeting US-2 just east of Naubinway. Since this new angling alignment is only a proposed "line on a map," the signed route of M-48 supplants the entire length of M-117 southerly to US-2 at Epoufette. Technically, the route of M-117 (via Hiawatha Tr) here is transferred to the Mackinac Co Road Commission on 11/10/1949, but remains "marked and maintained" by the State Highway Dept as M-48 until the new route is constructed. This same day, a new state trunkline route is determined about 20 miles west of the former M-117, beginning at US-2 south of Engadine and proceeding northerly via Country Ave, easterly via Brown Rd, northerly again via Krause Rd into Luce Co via Co Rd 405 to M-28. The M-117 designation is assigned to this new trunkline and, at M-28, the M-117 routing is then continued easterly via M-28 to Roberts Corner, then northerly via the former route of M-48 (present-day Co Rd 403 and M-123) into downtown Newberry. M-117 continues northerly from Newberry for four more miles to a terminus at Four Mile Corner (present-day jct M-123 & H-37). The route of present-day H-37 from Four Mile Corner to Muskallonge Lake on the Lake Superior shoreline was officially determined as an extension of M-48 on January 1, 1935, but was never officially signed as such, pending reconstruction to state trunkline standards. No documents have been found indicating the State Highway Dept intended to designate this extension as M-117, but one could assume this to be the case.
  1949 (Nov 10) - On the same day as the above changes, the entire route of M-28A through Newberry as well as the route of M-117 via present-day Co Rd 403 southeast of Newberry is technically transferred to local control, while the route of present-day M-123 from Newberry due southerly to M-28 is assumed as a state trunkline. However, these changes do no appear on official State Highway Dept maps until early 1953. It is not yet clear when signage in the field changes for these routes.
  1953 - The Newberry area route transfers, noted above on November 10, 1949, are now indicated on official highway maps.
  1954 (May 15) - The "Muskallonge Lake" extension of M-117 via present-day H-37 from Four Mile Corner to the Lake Superior shore is officially transferred back to local control, although evidence indicates this route was never signed as a trunkline in the field, likely pending complete reconstruction.
  1957 (Oct 1) - The route of M-117 via Brown Rd and Krause Rd in Mackinac Co is turned back to local control, ironically nine days prior to the new routing of M-117 (via an extension of Country Ave) is officially "determined" as a state trunkline!
  1957 (Oct 10) - A northerly extension of Country Ave in Mackinac Co, continuing along the same line into Luce Co to M-28 southwest of Newberry, is transferred to the state for a realigned routing of M-117. The former route in Luce Co via Co Rd 405 south of M-28 is turned back to local control on this date.
  1962 (May 18) - A new state trunkline routing fills the gap between Four Mile Corner north of Newberry and Paradise in northwest Chippewa Co, which is designated M-123. From Four Mile Corner southerly through downtown Newberry to M-28 south of Newberry, M-117 is redesignated as part of M-123, thus the northern terminus of M-117 is relocated to the western jct of M-28 southwest of Newberry.
Freeway/Expwy: No portion of M-117 is freeway or expressway.
NHS: Entire route.
Weblinks: M-117 @ Michigan Highway Ends - photos of the termini of M-117 at Dan Garnell's excellent Michigan Highway Ends website.

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.
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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