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M-00 Western Terminus: M-13 on the north side of Saginaw (N Washington Ave & Veterans Memorial Pkwy)
Eastern Terminus: M-53 four miles east of Cass City (Cass City Rd & Van Dyke Rd)
Length: 45.64 miles
Map: Route Map of M-81
Notes: Prior to the construction of I-675 through Saginaw, M-81 continued westerly from its current western terminus via M-13 into downtown Saginaw, then westerly via Genesee, Davenport and State Sts (portions of which are today's M-58) to end at M-47 west of Saginaw.
History: c.1920 - Early on, M-81 consists of the following routing: From the present-day intersection of Bradleyville Rd & M-81/W Caro Rd east of Reese, the route runs easterly along its present-day routing to the Wahjamega area, then southeasterly via Wells Rd to Ryan Rd, continuing northerly via Ryan and westerly via Riley Rd and northerly again along present-day M-24/Mertz Rd to end in downtown Caro.
  1922 - On the east, M-81 is realigned between Wahjamega and Caro onto its present-day alignment (the former route is turned back to local control), as well as being extended via its present-day routing via Cass City to end at M-53. On the west, M-81 is extebded northerly from its western terminus concurrently with M-31 (via Bradleyville Rd) to Fairgrove Rd, then westerly via Fairgrove (present-day M-138) to Tuscola Stone Rd (present-day M-15), then northwesterly to end in Bay City.
  1926 - Several realignments occur across the Thumb, including the realignment of M-81 due west of the cnr of Bradleyville Rd & W Caro Rd, via its present-day alignment, to end in downtown Saginaw, supplanting the M-31 routing. The former M-81/M-31 along Bradleyville Rd is redesignated as M-84. The former M-81 from there westerly through Munger is turned back to local control (temporarily, as this would later become M-138). The final segment of former M-81 along present-day M-15 is redesignated as part of M-24.
  1929 - West of Reese, M-81 is removed from Washington Rd and routed onto Wadsworth, Portsmouth and Janes Rds into Saginaw. The former routing along Washington Rd is turned back to local control.
  c.1933 - The State Highway Department reverses itself, returning M-81 to the Washington Rd alignment from Reese to Saginaw, with the 1929-1933 routing being turned back to local control.
  1946 - The final three-mile stretch of gravel-surfaced M-81, from Ellington to Elmwood in Tuscola Co, is paved.
  1953-59 - The westernmost mile of M-81 is concurrently signed with US-23 with the completion of the US-23 eastern bypass of Saginaw in mid-1953. The concurrent designation lasts until the US-23 bypass is extended in 1959.
  1960 - With the completion of the I-75/US-10/US-23 freeway around Saginaw, M-81 is extended westerly through Saginaw. From its former western terminus, M-81 now extends southwesterly via Washington Ave concurrently with M-13 and BL I-75 (formerly BUS US-23) into downtown. At that point, westbound M-81 crosses the Saginaw River via Johnson St and proceeds westerly via State St to North Carolina, where it jogs northerly to pick up Davenport Ave westerly to the western city limit. Eastbound M-81 enters Saginaw on State St, heading easterly to North Carolina, where it jogs south one block to Genesee St, then easterly across the Saginaw River to Water St, southerly to Janes Ave, and easterly to Second, northerly to Johnson and westerly back to Washington Ave. Westerly out of Saginaw, M-81 supplants the US-10/M-47 designation to Midland Rd, where it now ends.
  1965 - In Saginaw, westbound M-81 is realigned from State St onto Davenport Ave between Michigan Ave and North Carolina St.
  1971 - With the completion of I-675 through Saginaw, M-81 is scaled back to end at M-13/Washington St. The former M-13/M-81/BL I-75 becomes just M-13, and much of the former M-81 west of the Saginaw River is redesignated M-58.
Freeway/Expwy: No portion of M-81 is freeway or expressway.
Weblinks: M-81 @ Michigan Highway Ends - photos of the termini of M-81 at Dan Garnell's excellent Michigan Highway Ends website.

M-82 Western Terminus: M-120 five miles west of Fremont (cnr 48th St & Maple Island Ave)
Eastern Terminus: US-131/M-46 at Exit 118 west of Howard City
Length: 31.63 miles
Map: Route Map of M-82
Notes: The years have been both kind and not-so-kind to M-82; its routing has changed several times due mainly to the rerouting of other state highways. First, M-46 was routed off the Newaygo-to-Howard City stretch and M-82 was extended easterly for 15 miles to end at US-131/M-46. Then, M-20 was rerouted west of White Cloud, scaling back M-82 to end at M-20 in Hesperia. Later, the M-82 designation was removed from the concurrent stretch with M-120 south of Hesperia, bringing the route to its current state.
History: c.1920 - In the early 1920s, M-82 is a short, 8.5-mile long highway beginning at M-25 (later M-28) in downtown Newberry, heading northerly via present-day M-123 to Four Mile Corner, then westerly for an additional 4 miles to end at Eight Mile Corner.
  c.1924-25 - At some point in the early- to mid-1920s, M-82 was scaled back to end at Four Mile Corner north of Newberry, shaving half the length from the route.
  1926 - With the reconfiguration of M-48 in the area, the M-82 designation is completely supplanted by an extension of M-48. The M-82 designation is then applied to a new routing in the Lower Peninsula. Beginning at US-31 in Hart, the new M-82 replaces the M-41 designation southeasterly through Ferry and Hesperia to the Fremont area. M-82 runs concurrently with M-20 (formerly M-24) into Fremont, where the new M-82 then travels southerly and easterly through Newaygo, ending at the northern jct of US-131 & M-46 at Howard City.
  c.1931-32 - Several sharp curves in central Oceana Co area straightened out.
  c.1936-37 - M-46 is concurrently signed with M-82 from Newaygo to US-131 at Howard City, eliminating a discontinuous M-46 routing.
  1938 - The concurrent M-46/M-82 designation between Newaygo and Howard City is removed and becomes only M-46. Ironically, this will be redesignated as M-82 when M-46 is rerouted in 45 years. The route of M-82 is scaled back to end at M-37 in Newaygo.
  1947 - The western end of M-82 is realigned in Oceana Co. From 132nd Ave at Ferry, M-82 now heads westerly via Shelby Rd to end at US-31 in downtown Shelby. The former route via 132nd Ave, 128th Ave, York Rd and Polk Rd between Ferry and Hart is turned back to local control. Also, with the realignment, the entire route of M-82 is completely hard-surfaced.
  1963 - A new alignment of M-82 opens in eastern Oceana Co. From Hesperia, M-82 now heads due west along Hayes Rd to 154th Ave, then north back to the former alignment on Loop Rd east of Ferry. The former route via Loop Rd is turned back to local control. The realignment shaves a mile from the route of M-82.
  1964 - The realignment begun in 1963 is completed, when M-82 is rerouted westerly via Hayes Rd from 154th Ave to end at US-31 on the north side of New Era. The former route via Ferry to Shelby is turned back to local control. The new alignment shaves an additional two miles from the route.
  1969 - The westernmost 16 miles of M-82 are redesignated as a part of the rerouted M-20 in Oceana Co. M-20, which formerly stair-stepped its way from White Cloud to Muskegon via Fremont and Holton, now runs due westerly from the White Cloud area via Hesperia to end at US-31 north of New Era. The five-mile formerly-concurrent M-20/M-82 segment becomes just M-82, while the 7-mile long portion of M-82 from Hesperia southerly becomes co-signed with the newly created M-120. M-82 is now only 22 miles in length (down from more than 40 miles prior to 1963).
  1973 - M-82 is once again lengthened, this time on the east end, ironically via its pre-1938 routing from Newaygo easterly toward Howard City. This eastward extension of M-82 replaces the M-46 designation, which is routed southerly from the Howard City area via the new US-131 freeway to Cedar Springs, then westerly replacing M-57 to the Casnovia area. The length of M-82 is increased by approximately 17 miles (back near the 40-mile range).
  c.1978 - Since the final 7 miles of both M-82 and M-120 were co-signed with each other, it was inevitable one would lose out and be truncated back to the M-82 & M-120 jct west of Fremont. That's excatly what happened in the late 1970s. The first Official Michigan Highway Map without the concurrent M-82/M-120 routing from west of Fremont to Hesperia was issued in 1979, implying the M-82 designation was scaled back in the 1978 season. The Official map has been less-than-accurate before, however, so the exact time of the change is unclear. It is hoped further research will clarify the matter.
Freeway/Expwy: No portion of M-82 is freeway or expressway.
Weblinks: M-82 @ Michigan Highway Ends - photos of the termini of M-82 at Dan Garnell's excellent Michigan Highway Ends website.

M-83 Southern Terminus: I-75/US-23 at Exit 136 in Birch Run
Northern Terminus: M-15 at Arthur, 5 miles northwest of Richville (cnr N Gera Rd & W Vassar Rd)
Length: 14.69 miles
Map: Route Map of M-83
Notes: M-83 is the primary route connecting I-75/US-23 and the major tourist attraction of Frankenmuth. Major traffic tie-ups are common on weekends when thousands of people flock to Frankenmuth, a Bavarian-themed city, for the world-famous chicken dinners at Zhender's and the Bavarian Inn, as well as other attractions such as Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, the world's largest Christmas store.
History: c.1923 - The first iteration of M-83 in Michigan debuts, running along Mohawk-Gay Rd between the communities of Mohawk and Gay in Keewenaw Co.
  1926 - M-83 is replaced in its entirety by an extension of M-26, which is extended north concurrently with the newly-designated US-41 (formerly M-15) from Calumet to Mohawk. There M-26 now turns southeasterly, replacing M-83 into Gay, where it terminates. Soon after, the M-83 designation is applied to the trans-Thumb route, formerly a portion of M-31 (present-day M-142). The new M-83 connects M-29 just south of Bay Port with M-29 at Harbor Beach.
  1927 - M-29 is temporarily co-signed with M-83 from its western terminus near Bay Port to M-53 north of Bad Axe. This is done to temporarily fill the gap between the two discontinuous segments of M-29.
  c.1929 - M-83 itself becomes a disconnected highway when the route from US-10/US-23 at Clio via Frankenmuth to M-81 west of Reese is designated as M-83. A distance of 50 miles separates the disconnected ends of the route.
  1930 - The entire 20-mile length of M-84 in western Tuscola Co is redesignated as a part of M-83. From the former northern end of the western segment, M-83 now runs easterly with M-81 through Reese to Bradleyville Rd, then stair-steps northerly and easterly via Guilford, Fairgrove, and Akron to Unionville. From there, M-83 is now co-signed with M-29 via Sebewaing to the former western end of M-83's eastern segment. M-83 is now a total of 101 miles in length, stretching from Clio on the south to Harbor Beach on the east.
  1939 - The highway is shortened by 85 miles when M-83 is truncated at M-15/M-24 near Arthur in northeastern Saginaw Co. The portion of M-81/M-83 through Reese becomes just M-81, while Bradleyville Rd from M-81 to M-138 via Gilford is turned back to local control. The portion of former M-83 from Bradleyville Rd through Fairgrove and Akron to Unionville is redesignated as an extension of M-138. The 16-mile concurrent M-25/M-83 stretch through Sebewaing becomes just M-25, and the final 40-mile stretch from Bayport via Bad Axe to Harbor Beach is redesignated M-142.
  1940 - The final 3 miles of gravel-surfaced highway, between Gera and M-15/M-24, are paved.
  1962 - With the completion of the I-75/US-10 freeway between Pontiac and Flint, several changes occur, one of which is a realignment of M-83. Five miles south of Frankenmuth, M-83 is realigned onto Birch Run Rd (concurrently with M-54) heading westerly to meet the I-75/US-10/US-23 freeway near Birch Run. The former M-83 south of Birch Run Rd toward Clio is redesignated as a part of the new M-54.
Freeway/Expwy: No portion of M-83 is freeway or expressway.
Weblinks: M-83 @ Michigan Highway Ends - photos of the termini of M-83 at Dan Garnell's excellent Michigan Highway Ends website.

M-84 Southern Terminus: M-58/State-Davenport Sts in Saginaw (cnr Bay St & State St)
Northern Terminus: M-25/McKinley-Seventh Sts in downtown Bay City (cnr Washington Ave & Seventh St)
Length: 13.76 miles
Map: Route Map of M-84
Notes: The portion of M-84 between I-75/US-23 Exit 160 southwest of Bay City and M-25 in downtown Bay City was formerly part of BL I-75. Later, BL I-75 was scaled back to become BS I-75 and M-84 extended along the former route.
History: 1921 - Michigan's original M-84 runs via a 12-mile route from M-12 (later US-2, then M-48, now H-40) at Garnet in Mackinac Co to M-25 (now M-28) at McLeods Corner, ten miles southeast of Newberry in Luce Co. (Today, the route is named Borgstrom Rd in Mackinac Co, and Co Rd 393 in Luce Co.)
  1926 - M-48 is extended to the northwest, completely replacing all 12 miles of M-84 in the process. The M-84 designation is then transferred onto a portion of the former M-31 in the Thumb: Beginning at M-81 between Reese and Watrousville and stair-stepping northerly then easterly via Fairgrove and Akron, ending at M-29 in Unionville.
  1930 - The second iteration of M-84 lasts only about four years before M-83 supplants it in its entirety, in order to fill a gap between discontinuous segments of M-83. Thirty years would pass before M-84 again becomes an active highway designation in Michigan.
  1960 - With the completion of the I-75/US-10/US-23 freeway between Saginaw and Bay City and with the transfer of M-47 to the former route of US-10 between Saginaw and Midland, M-84 is reconsituted beginning at M-81 (formerly US-10) in Saginaw, heading north and ending at I-75/US-10/US-23 southwest of Bay City. From there, the newly commissioned BL I-75 continues northerly into Bay City via the former M-47.
  1971 - BL I-75 in Bay City is sliced in half, with the northern half becoming BS I-75. The southern half, beginning at the jct of I-75/US-10/US-23 & M-84 and running via Saginaw Rd, Salzburg Ave, Lafayette Ave, Garfield Ave and Washington St ending at M-25 in downtown Bay City, is redesignated as an extension of M-84.
  2004-05 - M-84 is widened from a two-lane road into a four-lane boulevard from north of Pierce Rd to Delta Rd in Kochville Township in Saginaw Co and in Frankenlust Township in Bay Co. While most of the improvements take place along the existing alignment of the route, the new boulevard "cuts the corner" softening an existing curve along West Side Saginaw Rd between Kloha and Amelith Rds north of the Saginaw Valley State Univ campus. Where the new highway diverges from the old, the old pavement is obliterated, however old M-84 remains in service between Kloha and Amelith as a connecting local roadway retained as an unsigned/old state trunkline route as OLD M-84.
Freeway/Expwy: No portion of M-84 is freeway or expressway.
NHS: Two segments of M-84 are on the NHS:
  1. From the southern terminus in Saginaw to Tittabawassee Rd north of Saginaw.
  2. From I-75/US-23 at Exit 160 southwest of Bay City to the eastern jct of M-13 in Bay City.
Weblinks: M-84 @ Michigan Highway Ends - photos of the termini of M-84 at Dan Garnell's excellent Michigan Highway Ends website.
  M-13 & M-84/East Channel Saginaw River Bridge - from MDOT: "Completed in 1938, the Lafayette Avenue Bascule Bridge is at least the second movable span built on this spot."

M-85 Southern Terminus: I-75/Detroit-Toledo Frwy at Exit 28 in the Flat Rock/Gibraltar area
Northern Terminus: Downtown Detroit at the cnr of Fort St & Griswold St, one block west of Woodward Ave
Length: 22.15 miles
Map: Route Map of M-85
Notes: M-85 is known as either Fort St or Fort Rd for its entire length.
History: 1921 - In 1921, the first iteration of M-85 in the state is an 8.5 mile route beginning at M-66 (now M-91) near Langston in Montcalm Co, ending in downtown Stanton.
  1922 - By 1922, M-43 is routed through Stanton, becoming M-85's eastern terminus.
  1930 - A designation of M-57 is applied to the route of M-85 from M-66 near Langston via Stanton and Ithaca to M-47 at St Charles, thus completely supplanting the route of M-85 in the process. M-85 is then almost immediately applied to a new routing beginning at M-24/M-38 two miles west of downtown Mayville and heading due north to end in downtown Caro at M-81.
  1941 - The second iteration of M-85 in Michigan comes to an end with the removal of M-24 north of Mayville from the Mayville-Vassar-Bay City alignment and onto the alignment of M-85 into downtown Caro.
  1956 - In 1956, the ALT US-24/Detroit-Toledo Expressway is completed from Erie in Monroe Co to Gibraltar in Wayne Co. With this completion, the third iteration of M-85 comes about on formerly local roads: From just southwest of the intersection of Fort Rd, Gibraltar Rd, Allen Rd & ALT US-24/Detroit-Toledo Expwy (at the location of the proposed northern freeway extension), the new M-85 continues northerly via Fort Rd through Trenton, past Riverview and Wyandotte, and through Lincoln Park to end at US-25/M-17 in southwestern Detroit.
  1957 - With the completion of an additional 5.7 miles of ALT US-24/Detroit-Toledo Expwy, the one mile concurrent M-85/ALT US-24 designation is removed, becoming just M-85.
  1968 - With the completion of I-75/US-25/Fisher Frwy through the southwestern Detroit area, M-85 is scaled back slightly to end at the new freeway. The short portion of former M-85 north of the freeway along Fort St is turned back to local control.
  2001 (Mar 15) - During a spate of jurisdictional transfers in the City of Detroit, which included several former state trunklines in the Campus Martius area of downtown being transferred back to City of Detroit control, M-3 is severed into two discontinuous portions. The two blocks of Cadillac Sq from Woodward Ave to Randolph St designated as part of M-3, as well as Fort St between Woodward and Griswold St, are transferred to the City of Detroit. (Please see the jurisdictional transfer maps linked under "Weblinks" below.) One of the issues this transfer creates is solved by redesignating M-3 via Fort St from Griswold St westerly to Clark St, then northerly on Clark St to I-75/Fisher Frwy as part of M-85. This is possible as MDOT also assumes control of Fort St from Clark St southwesterly to the former northern terminus of M-85. The one block stretch of former M-3 from Fort St to I-75 is expected to become an unsigned state trunkline connector.
Freeway: No portion of M-85 is freeway or expressway.
Expressway: From southern terminus at I-75 to Allen Rd near Gibraltar.
NHS: Entire route.
Circle Tour: Lake Erie Circle Tour MarkerLake Erie Circle Tour: From southern terminus at I-75 Exit 28 to I-75 Exit 43 in southwest Detroit.
Weblinks: M-85 @ Michigan Highway Ends - photos of the termini of M-85 at Dan Garnell's excellent Michigan Highway Ends website.
  Downtown Detroit Trunklines Map - PDF map showing the official routings and termini of all state trunklines in downtown Detroit. Many of these termini and some of the trunklines themselves are unsigned, making this map particularly helpful.
  Detroit Jurisdictional Transfers - showing the various 2001 jurisdictional transfers in Detroit, courtesy of MDOT.
  Campus Martius Jurisdictional Transfers - showing the various jurisdictional transfers in downtown Detroit, courtesy of MDOT.

M-86 Western Terminus: Jct BUS US-131 & M-60 in downtown Three Rivers (cnr Main St & Michigan Ave)
Eastern Terminus: US-12 three miles west of Coldwater (cnr Colon Rd & Chicago Rd)
Length: 34.04 miles
Map: Route Map of M-86
Notes: According to a 1939 publication from the Michigan State Highway Department, M-86 once traversed the campus of what is now Michigan State University (then Michigan State College). The route began at Michigan Ave and the Beale Entrance, then continued easterly via West Circle Dr—both sides—then continued along the south side of East Circle Dr to end at US-16/Grand River Ave at the Collingwood Entrance. It is somewhat unclear how long this route was designated M-86. Additionally unclear is whether any M-86 signs were ever posted on campus, or if it was a so-called "secret route" where a number was assigned but not physically posted along the route.
Present-day M-86 owes its existence to a program begun by the State Highway Dept in the late-1930s to reserve all single-digit route designations for a planned "superhighway" network linking all parts of the state. What is today M-86 was formerly designated M-7 until that designation was removed in c.1939-40. The planned "superhighway" network was eventually built and incorporated into the Interstate Highway System, however the single-digit route numbers were never used for that purpose.
History: 1921 - In 1921, M-86 is an 11.5-mile long highway running via present-day M-66 beginning at M-46 at Six Lakes and ending in Remus at M-24 (now M-20).
  1924-25 - M-86 is completely supplanted by a northerly extension of M-66 between Six Lakes and Remus. However, it seems M-86 is immediately (soon soon after) rechristened along a three mile stretch of highway in north-central Ionia Co. From M-44 at Orleans, M-86 now runs due easterly to end at M-43 (now M-66) eight miles north of Ionia.
  1930 - The route of M-44 is upgraded and realigned east of Belding, which includes completely replacing M-86 between Orleans and M-43. Thus the second iteration of M-86 passes from existence.
  1931, 1939 - As mentioned in the note above, by 1939 M-86 existed as the primary thoroughfare across the campus of Michigan State College in East Lansing. According to one source, this designation may have been in place as early as 1931, but this is unconfirmed. It is also unknown if M-89 through MSC was signed as such.
  1940 - Whatever the status of M-86 at Michigan State College in the 1930s, in early 1940 the designation was removed from campus and transferred to the routing of M-7 from Three Rivers at US-131 to US-112 just west of Coldwater, generally along its present-day routing. This change occurred at the same time all of Michigan's other single-digit state highways were given two-digit designations. Single-digit state routes didn't reappear in Michigan until the 1970s.
  1948 - In late 1940, the last few miles of gravel-surfaced M-86 were paved in Branch Co. The route of M-86 has changed little since then.
  1965 - With the change of all of M-78 from Battle Creek southerly to the Indiana state line, the north-south portion of the concurrent M-78/M-86 segment east of Nottawa becomes M-66/M-86, while the east-west M-78/M-86 routing into Colon becomes just M-86 when M-66 is routed north away from Colon.
Freeway/Expwy: No portion of M-86 is freeway or expressway.
Weblinks: M-86 @ Michigan Highway Ends - photos of the termini of M-86 at Dan Garnell's excellent Michigan Highway Ends website.
  M-86/St Joseph River Bridge - from MDOT: "The M-86 Bridge is eligible for the National Register as a good example of a concrete-arch structure with unique detailing. The significance of this five-span concrete-arch bridge lies in its unique design."
  M-86/Prairie River Bridge - from MDOT: "The Michigan State Highway 86 Bridge is eligible for the National Register as a good example of a 1920s camelback pony truss. This structure also exemplifies the movability of a truss bridge."

M-88 Western Terminus: US-31 in Eastport, 3 miles north of the town of Torch Lake
Eastern Terminus: Jct US-131 & C-38 in downtown Mancelona (cnr State St & William St)
Length: 26.31 miles
Map: Route Map of M-88
Notes: Except for segments within incorporated villages, the entire highway is named "Scenic Hwy," and for good reason. M-88 is a rather scenic drive through the center of Antrim Co.
History: 1921 - The history of M-88 is much less interesting than others, as it has not changed much over the decades. In 1921, M-88 exists along its present-day routing, beginning at M-13 (present-day US-131) in Mancelona and proceeding northwesterly in a stair-step fashion to end in downtown Bellaire.
  1927 - By 1927, M-88 is extended by an additional 14 miles (along its present-day route) via Central Lake to end at US-31 in Eastport. No other reroutings of M-88 have occurred during the 50+ years since.
  1929 - During 1929, M-88 between Bellaire and Eastport is used as a temporary routing of US-31 while the portion of that highway between Elk Rapids and Eastport was being reconstructed.
Freeway/Expwy: No portion of M-88 is freeway or expressway.
Weblinks: M-88 @ Michigan Highway Ends - photos of the termini of M-88 at Dan Garnell's excellent Michigan Highway Ends website.
  M-88/Intermediate River Bridge - from MDOT: "As a well-documented example of Depression-era state bridge construction and as an important component in a locally significant tourist route, the Michigan State Highway 88 Bridge is eligible for the National Register for the significant engineering challenges that were overcome for its construction."

M-89 Southern Terminus: I-196/US-31 at Exit 34 near Ganges, 6 miles west of Fennville
Northern Terminus: BL I-94/Dickman Rd in Battle Creek, just southwest of downtown
Length: 62.75 miles
Map: Route Map of M-89
Notes: One of the many changes occurring as part of the Rationalization process was the addition of more than 50 miles of formerly county roads and city streets in Calhoun Co into the state trunkline system. The actual transfers took place October 31, 1998, but the new route numbers were not known to the general public until July 1999 when that year's Official Michigan Transportation Map debuted. In Battle Creek, the routing of M-89 was changed to encompass some of the newly-transferred highways. It was lengthened by 2.98 miles via the former routing of M-37 from the intersection of W Michigan Ave & Bedford Rd to the jct of BL I-94/Dickman Rd near downtown. Specifically, M-89 now continues southeasterly from M-37/Beford Rd via W Michigan Ave to Washington St, then southerly on Washington to BL I-94/Dickman Rd. The newly-extended M-89, however, did not take over the portion of M-37 which turned east to run concurrently with BL I-94 via Dickman Rd to I-194. Prior to the change, which resulted in a net gain of 2.98 miles, M-89 was 59.77 miles long.
Interestingly, it was not until 2000 that the various realignments and new routings in and around Battle Creek were signed. By 2001, these routes were nearly 100 percent signed and, on the surface, assumed into the state trunkline system.
The easternmost 46 miles of M-89, in conjunction with the northern portion of M-40, serves as a major connecting route between Battle Creek and Holland.
History: c.1920 - M-89 begins at M-11 (later US-31) between Ganges and Douglas and proceeds easterly to Fennville, then southerly via 57th St, 120th Ave and 56th St to Pearl. From there, M-89 continues easterly via 118th Ave and Monroe Rd into Allegan. From Allegan, M-89 continues easterly via 116th Ave (later M-118, now M-222) to end at M-13 (later US-131) in Martin.
  1926 - M-89 is realigned east of Allegan when M-40 is extended from its terminus in Allegan to replace M-89 easterly to Martin. M-89 now runs southeasterly via its present-day routing to end at US-131 in downtown Plainwell.
  1928 - The route of M-89 is extended southeasterly from Plainwell to M-43 north of Richland, then southerly into Richland. From Richland, M-89 then turns easterly generally via its present-day routing to 42nd St, then southerly via 42nd St to end at M-96 in downtown Augusta.
  c.1930-31 - By mid-1931, M-89 is realigned north of Augusta to run easterly from 42nd St (instead of turning southerly into Augusta) to meet with M-96 just inside Calhoun Co, northwest of Battle Creek. The former route of M-89 along 42nd St is turned back to local control.
  1951 - The last gravel stretch of M-89 is paved in Allegan Co, ironic since that portion of highway would be transferred to county control next year.
  1952 - M-89 is rerouted in Allegan Co to run due easterly from Fennville for 6 miles to M-40, then southeasterly with M-40 into Allegan. The former routing of M-89 south from Fennville to Pearn and easterly to Allegan is turned back to county control.
  1961-62 - For a short time, M-89 at Plainwell is part of a temporary routing of US-131. While the US-131 freeway was complete north of M-89 by 1961, it wasn't completed south of M-89 until late 1962 or early 1963.
  1963 - With the completion of the I-196/US-31 freeway through Allegan Co, M-89 is extended westerly for a fraction of a mile from the former routing of US-31 to meet the new freeway at an interchange.
  1965 - In preparation for the eventual rerouting of M-96 into Battle Creek, the routing of M-96 is truncated back to the M-89 & M-96 junction near the Kalamazoo/Calhoun Co line. M-89 is then extended southeasterly via the former M-96/Michigan Ave to end at M-37 in Battle Creek. The former M-37/M-96 pairing into downtown Battle Creek becomes just M-37.
  1998-99 - On Oct 31, 1998, the route of M-89 is extended southeasterly replacing the former routing of M-37 into downtown Battle Creek along Michigan Ave, then southerly along Washington St to BL I-94/Dickman Rd. Signage, however, is not immediately changed to signify this rerouting.
  2000 - MDOT finally lets contracts to sign the realignment of M-89 as well as the many other realigned and newly-created state trunkline routes in and around Battle Creek.
Freeway/Expwy: No portion of M-89 is freeway or expressway.
Weblinks: M-89 @ Michigan Highway Ends - photos of the termini of M-89 at Dan Garnell's excellent Michigan Highway Ends website.


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