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A road sign bearing a diamond enclosing a block M and the number 75
M-75
Maintained by MDOT

M-75 highlighted in red
Length: 12.330 mi[1] (19.843 km)
Formed: 1919 as M-57[2]
1927 as M-75[3]
South end: US 131 at Boyne Falls
North end: US 131 at Walloon Lake
Counties: Charlevoix
Michigan highways
< I-75 M-76 >

M-75 is a 12.330-mile (19.843 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.

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Route description

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]

History

In 1919, the trunkline running through Boyne City was originally labeled M-57.[2] In 1927, the entire highway was renumbered, and since this change, the trunkline has carried the M-75 moniker.[3] 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

The entire route is in Charlevoix County.

Location Mile[1] Roads intersected Notes
Boyne Falls 0.000 US 131Kalkaska, Petoskey  
  C-48 (East Deer Lake Road) – East Jordan  
Boyne City   C-73 south (East Jordan Road) – East Jordan  
  C-56 west (Lake Street) – Charlevoix  
Walloon Lake 12.330 US 131Kalkaska, Petoskey
C-81 north (Springvale Road) – Bay View
 

References

  1. ^ a b Michigan Department of Transportation. Control Section/Physical Reference Atlas [map]. (2001) Retrieved on 2008-01-25.
  2. ^ a b Michigan State Highway Department. State of Michigan: Lower Peninsula [map]. Cartography by MSHD. (1919) Retrieved on 2008-03-02.
  3. ^ a b Michigan State Highway Department. Official Highway Service Map [map]. Cartography by MSHD. (December 1, 1927)
  4. ^ a b Google, Inc. Google Maps – Boyne Falls, MI to Walloon Lake, MI [map]. Cartography by Tele Atlas. Retrieved on 2008-08-12.
  5. ^ a b Michigan Department of Transportation. Statewide AADT Map [map]. (2007) Retrieved on 2008-10-07.
  6. ^ a b Michigan Department of Transportation. Commercial Statewide AADT Map [map]. (2007) Retrieved on 2008-10-07.
  7. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation. National Highway System, Michigan [map]. (April 23, 2006) Retrieved on 2008-10-07.
  8. ^ Michigan State Highway Department. Official Highway Map [map]. (1962)
  9. ^ Michigan State Highway Department. Official Highway Map [map]. (1963)
  10. ^ "Route Renumbering: New Green Markers Will Replace Old Shields". California Highways and Public Works: 13+. March–April 1964.  
  11. ^ a b Michigan Department of Transportation. Official Department of Transportation Map [map], 1 in.:15 mi/1 cm:9 km. (2008)
  12. ^ Michigan Department of State Highways. Official Highway Map [map]. (1966) Section F10.

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