10 Fun Facts About Michigan Roads

Atran Freight is your Mid-Michigan freight broker! We work closely with carriers, shippers, and truck drivers so we are always paying attention to the state of roads. Here are some fun facts you may not have known about Michigan’s roads!  

  1. The first Michigan road map, with only three roads on it, was published by the United States Congress in 1826.
  2. The shortest state trunkline road is M-212 in Cheboygan County. It is only .7 mile long.
  3. The longest highway in Michigan is I-75, which runs 395 miles from the Ohio border to the International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie.
  4. The shortest freeway in Michigan is I-375 in Detroit. It is only 1.1 miles long.
  5. There is enough pavement in Michigan roadways to build a one-lane road from the Earth to the moon.
  6. More than 95.1 billion miles are driven on Michigan roadways every year.
  7. M-185 on Mackinac Island is the only state highway in the nation where motor vehicles are banned.
  8. There is only one driveway onto a Michigan interstate freeway: a gated entrance to I-94 to allow movement of military vehicles at the former Fort Custer, west of Battle Creek.
  9. The towers on the Mackinac Bridge (552 feet high) are almost as tall as the Washington Monument (555 feet high).
  10. There are 10,754 roadway bridges in Michigan. Of these, 4,411 are on the state highway system and 6,343 are located on county roads or city streets.