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Southern Terminus:    I-94 Exit 243 (at jct I-94/M-3/M-29) in Chesterfield Twp five miles west of New Baltimore
Northern Terminus:    BL I-94/Gratiot Ave in Marysville
Length: 41.26 miles
Maps: Route Map of M-29
Notes: The "original" M-29 routing in Michigan connected Lansing with the Indiana state line via Charlotte, Marshall and Coldwater—a route which bore the US-27 designation for many decades. Later, after the debut of the US Highways, M-29 ran along its present route as well as extending northerly around the Thumb to Bay City, and southerly from the Mount Clemens area along the Lake St Clair shoreline to end in Harper Woods. The portion from Port Huron to Port Austin became part of US-25 and the segment from there to Bay City was redesignated as M-25. On the southern end, the section through Macomb Co was slowly whittled away over the years, mostly replaced by I-94.
  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 several realignments and upgrades to the route of M-29 during that timeframe, including:
  • Turning back the entire southern portion of M-29 consisting of the segment departing I-94 at Crocker Blvd (which would later be shifted south to depart from I-94 at Shook Rd) southerly along the Lake St Claire lakeshore, terminating at the 8 Mile/Vernier Rd interchange at I-94. (The portion of M-29 concurrent with I-94 between 23 Mile Rd and Shook Rd would, of course, retain the I-94 designation.) This proposal was fully enacted within three years of the publication of this particular report.
  • Constructing a new alignment freeway for M-29 starting at the I-94 interchange with 26 Mile Rd north of New Baltimore and east of New Haven. The new freeway would run east-southeastery to an interchange at County Line Rd a little over two miles north of downtown New Baltimore, continuing generally southeasterly through an interchange with Plams Rd (at Shea Rd) to an interchange at a proposed BUS M-29 routing for Algonac near the corner of Fruit St & Nook Rd northwest of downtown Algonac. The proposed M-29 freeway would then turn sharply to the north-northeast bypassing Algonac to another proposed BUS M-29 interchange north of the city near the intersection of Jankow & Lee Rds. The freeway would have continued northerly cutting across the middle of Algonac State Park to an interchange with a proposed BUS M-29 routing for Marine City about ½ mile south of Chartier Rd. As the proposed freeway would have continued up the west side of Marine City, the BUS M-29 routing would have followed the existing route of M-29 through the city to a point north of Mattison Ave, where it would have departed to follow what would have been a southeasterly continuation of Springborn Rd, then Springborn Rd itself to an interchange with the freeway east of King Rd. The proposed M-29 freeway was to have continued northerly past the City of St Clair with interchanges at St Clair Hwy on the south and Vine St on the north to accommodate yet another proposed BUS M-29 routing through downtown St Clair. Starting at Yankee Rd, this new freeway woud have run due northerly along the Allen Rd corridor to a terminating interchange at I-94 about one mile southwest of the Gratiot Ave interchange at Marysville. With the exception of the proposed Business Connections at Algonac, Marine City and St Clair, the entirety of the existing M-29 was to have been turned back to local control, with the new M-29 routing being completely built to freeway standards. Very little of this proposal was ever acted upon, although it seems the State Highway Dept did purchase land along I-94 southwest of the Gratiot Ave interchange near Marysville to build an interchange for the M-29 freeway in the early 1960s, but sold it off in 1971.
History: 1919 – As noted above, M-29 is designated to run along the state highway from the Indiana state line northerly through Coldwater, Marshall and Charlotte, ending at M-14 (later US-127, now BL I-96) in downtown Lansing. No major alignment changes occurred during M-29's tenure along this route.
  1926 The entire route of M-29 is supplanted by the new US-27 designation—one of more than a dozen new US Highways in Michigan. The M-29 designation is immediately moved to the east side of the state; from US-25 at Chesterfield (north of Mount Clemens), M-29 replaces what had been designated M-27 through Algonac to Port Huron where it replaces the M-31 designation from there to Harbor Beach. At Harbor Beach, M-29 again replaces the M-28 designation to Port Austin where M-29 supplants M-19 from there to Bad Axe. Between Bad Axe and Unionville, the M-29 designation again supplants the M-31 routing, and from Unionville in to Bay City, M-29 runs along a route not previously a state trunkline.
  1928 (Aug 2) The route of M-29 is removed from Main St through downtown New Baltimore and transferred to its present-day alignment via Green St. Main St is turned back to local control.
  1930 (Sept 30, Dec 23) Two portions of a realignment for M-29 are completed in northern Huron Co in 1930. The segment from the present-day jct of M-25 & M-142 northerly to approximately 1 mile north of Bay Port is certified on Sept 22, while the portion from the southern limit of Caseville to the "Huron County State Park" (present-day Albert E Sleeper State Park) is certified on Dec 23. These segments were likely not signed until additional portions were completed in 1931.
  1931 The route of M-29 is completed from north of Bay Port to the southern limit of Caseville and from the "Huron County State Park" to Oak Beach Rd. Maps indicate a temporary routing of M-29 via Oak Beach Rd south and east to M-53 north of Kinde, then northerly via M-53 to Port Austin, although the Oak Beach Rd routing was not a state trunkline.
  1933 The US-25 designation is extended northerly from Port Huron along the route of M-29 to end in Port Austin and the M-25 designation is applied to the portion of the former M-29 from Port Austin to Bay City. The M-25 designation was applied to this route for two reasons: First, to avoid having a discontinuous M-29 and, second, to continue the convention begun with US-24/M-24, US-112/M-112 and US-131/M-131. Also in 1933, on February 24 the final portion of the route of M-29 is completed and certified between Oak Beach Rd and Port Austin in northern Huron Co. It is unclear whether this segment was signed as M-29 or if it opened as part of the newly-designated M-25.
  1939 (July 13) Formerly ending at US-25/Gratiot Ave in Chesterfield Twp between Mount Clemens and New Haven, in mid-1939 M-29 is rerouted southerly via Jefferson Ave along the Lake St Clair shore from New Baltimore to Grosse Pointe Shores, then westerly on Vernier and Eight Mile Rds to end at US-25/Gratiot Ave on the Detroit/East Detroit border. Former M-29 (23 Mile Rd) between New Baltimore and US-25 becomes an extension of M-59.
  1939 (Aug 30) A slight realignment at Fair Haven in southern St Clair Co is completed, including a new crossing over Swan Creek. The former route is turned back to local control.
  1945 (July 10) With the expansion of Selfridge Air National Guard Base, a 2.3 mile portion of M-29 through the base is removed from the state trunkline system, with no apparent official replacement on the books. Maps, however, note M-29 is detoured westerly via William P Rosso Hwy to US-25/Gratiot Ave, then southerly into downtown Mount Clemens, southeasterly along Crocker Blvd back to Jefferson Ave.
  1947–49 A new bypass of Mount Clemens is constructed in 1947 and M-29, again, changes its route. From New Baltimore, M-29 once again follows 23 Mile Rd (formerly M-59) westerly to US-25/Gratiot Ave, then southwely to M-59/Hall Rd. M-29 proceeds southerly via the new bypass to Crocker Blvd (formerly M-29), then southeasterly on its former alignment. The old route of M-29 between M-59/Gratiot Ave and New Baltimore along William P Rosso Hwy and Jefferson Ave is redesignated as M-59. On Nov 10, 1949, the new M-29 routing is apparently made official on the MDSH rolls and the former route along Jefferson Ave is officially removed.
  1956 (Mar 26) The route of M-29 through downtown Marine City via Brown, Bridge and Main Sts is removed from the state trunkline system and given back to local control. M-29 is rerouted to is present routing via Parker, Fairbanks and Broadway Sts.
  1963 With the opening of I-94, M-29 is rerouted onto I-94 southerly from 23 Mile Rd to Shook Rd (present-day Exit 235).
  1966 (Nov 16) A new alignment of M-29 through Marysville, via Busha Hwy, is completed and certified, while the former route via River Rd is turned back to local control.
  1971 (July 1) The entire route of M-29 south of I-94 at Exit 243 in Chesterfield Twp is removed and scaled back to its present southern terminus.
Controlled Access: No portion of M-29 is freeway or expressway.
NHS: No portion of M-29 is on the National Highway System (NHS).
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