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Discovering Woodward Avenue

The nation's first mile of rural concrete highway was built on Woodward Avenue in Detroit in 1909.Woodward Avenue: a Road to the Heart and Soul of America PDF icon On June 13, 2002, Woodward Avenue (M-1) from the Detroit River to the city of Pontiac became one of America's 99 National Byways.
This historic route includes the site of the first mile of rural concrete highway in the world, and plays host to the city's annual Dream Cruise.
Read on to learn about the history and culture of the road that's been Detroit's "main drag" for more than a century

Visit the Woodward photo galleries for a window into the past.



• Transportation Timeline Learn about MDOT's first century of progress--from mud roads to interstates--with this transportation timeline.


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Horatio "Good Roads" Earle was MichiganWho was "Good Roads" Earle? Michigan's first highway commissioner was a bicyclist who declared war on mud.

• MDOT Directors, 1905-present




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