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M-28
Southern Terminus:    I-75 at Exit 313 between Indian River and Topinabee
Northern Terminus:    US-23 in downtown Cheboygan (cnr Main St & State St)
Length: 16.77 miles
Map: Route Map of M-27
Notes: M-27 was formerly a segment of US-27 before that route was replaced by I-75 north of Grayling in 1961.
  Although many commercial road maps show M-27 continuing south from I-75 through Indian River to end at M-68, this is most definitely not the case. In fact, the M-27 designation has never existed south of I-75 at Indian River, and the portion of Straits Hwy through town was turned back to local control in November 1962 soon after US-27 was removed from that route.
  New! In "State Trunkline Needs, 1960–1980," a set of maps prepared by the State Highway Dept's Office of Planning, Programming Division in 1960 showing possible additions, upgrades and improvements to the state trunkline system over the ensuing twenty years, MSHD staff recommended absolutely no upgrades or modifications to M-27 during that timeframe. Not surprisingly, the route and composition of M-27 today looks very much like it did in the early 1960s!
History: c.1920 Michigan's "original" M-27 begins at M-19/Gratiot Ave (later US-25) in Chesterfield Twp north of Mount Clemens and continues easterly and northerly through New Baltimore, Algonac, Marine City and St Clair to meet back up with M-19, and run concurrently into downtown Port Huron. From Port Huron, M-27 takes a route which would later be occupied by M-51 through Croswell, Carsonville, Deckerville and Minden City to M-31 (today's M-142) west of Harbor Beach. M-27 then turns easterly tinto Harbor Beach, then northwesterly along the Lake Huron shoreline via Port Hope to end at M-19 (present-day M-53) in Port Austin.
  1926 The entire route of M-27 is replaced by other designations. From US-25/Gratiot Ave (frormerly M-19) to Port Huron, via Algonac, the route becomes a portion of a new Chesterfield Twp-to-Bay City routing of M-29. From Port Huron to M-83 (formerly M-31, now M-142) via Carsonville, M-27 is redesignated as M-51. The portion from the former M-31 & M-27 jct into Harbor Beach becomes part of a new M-83, while the last stretch from Harbor Beach to Port Austin becomes another portion of the new M-29. It would be 35 years before another M-27 would be designated in Michigan.
  1961 – The present-day M-27 is commissioned when US-27 is scaled back by a total of 94 miles from Mackinaw City to Grayling. The portion of the former US-27 between I-75 north of Indian River and US-23 in downtown Cheboygan is designated as M-27.
Controlled Access: No portion of M-27 is freeway or expressway.
NHS: No portion of M-27 is on the National Highway System (NHS).
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