- The in-person and virtual public hearing scheduled for May 21 to take public comment on the loss of the Pure Michigan Byway designation for M-37 has been postponed.
- The postponement is due to continued orders that prohibit large gatherings, and in the interest of providing the public sufficient opportunity to comment on the designation.
May 14, 2020 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) planned May 21 public hearing regarding the planned removal of the Pure Michigan Byway designation on M-37 on Old Mission Peninsula has been postponed.
"We originally scheduled this hearing as both an in-person and virtual event but due to ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19 and continued orders prohibiting large gatherings, we're postponing to ensure the community has sufficient opportunity to comment on the issue," said MDOT Traverse City Transportation Service Center (TSC) Manager Rick Liptak.
Public comments gathered to this point will be retained for consideration once the public hearing is rescheduled.
The removal of the designation is necessitated by the proposed 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.
The hearing and a 30-day public comment period are required due to the transfer resulting in the roadway becoming a local road; only state highways can be designated under the Pure Michigan Byway program.