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Public hearing May 21 to review removal of Pure Michigan Byway designation on M-37 north of US-31

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will have a public hearing regarding the planned removal of the Pure Michigan Byway designation on M-37 on Old Mission Peninsula. The removal is necessitated by the anticipated jurisdictional transfer of M-37 to the Grand Traverse County Road Commission (GTCRC) of the portion of the highway within Peninsula Township and the portion of M-37 north of US-31 within the Traverse City city limits.

A live Microsoft Teams broadcast of the hearing will also be available here. For more information regarding online participation, e-mail MDOT Public Involvement Specialist Monica Monsma at  

The hearing and a 30-day public comment period are required due to the transfer resulting in the roadway becoming a city street and county road; only state highways can be designated under the program.

MDOT Traverse City Transportation Service Center (TSC) staff
GTCRC representatives
City of Traverse City representatives
Interested residents, commuters and business owners                      

Thursday, May 21, 2020
5 - 7 p.m.

MDOT Traverse City TSC
2084 US-31 South, Suite B
Traverse City, MI 49685

Accommodations can be made for persons with disabilities and limited English-speaking ability. Large print materials, auxiliary aids or the services of interpreters, signers, or readers are available upon request. Please call 517-335-4381 to request at least seven days before meeting date.

Both the GTCRC and the City of Traverse City have passed resolutions supporting the transfer of responsibility for M-37 to their jurisdiction, which will make them responsible for ongoing maintenance and operation of the road. When the transfer is complete, each will receive funding under Michigan's Act 51 transportation funding formula to provide for that maintenance, as well as funding from MDOT equivalent to anticipated construction projects on the route.

Michigan Act 69 247.957 allows MDOT to add or delete any Pure Michigan Byway routes or portions of routes after a 30-day comment period and an opportunity for a public hearing. Comments on the plan to remove the Pure Michigan Byway designation can be sent to or mailed to MDOT Bureau of Development, Attn: Monica Monsma, 425 West Ottawa St., P.O. Box 30050, Lansing, MI 48909.