M-185 (Michigan highway)
M-185 is a state trunkline highway in the U.S. state of Michigan. It circles Mackinac Island, a popular tourist destination on the Lake Huron side of the Straits of MackinAC. Until an accident in 2005, it was the only state highway without any automobile accidents.
About M-185 (Michigan highway) in brief
M-185 is a state trunkline highway in the U.S. state of Michigan. It circles Mackinac Island, a popular tourist destination on the Lake Huron side of the Straits of MackinAC. The highway was built during the first decade of the 20th century by the state and designated as a state highway in 1933. Until an accident in 2005, it was the only state highway without any automobile accidents. Over a half million people travel along the trunkline in a year. M-185 has been recognized in the press for its unique role as the onlyState highway without car traffic in the United States. It was named the \”best scenic drive\” in the state by The Detroit News in 2003. In 2008, USA Today named the island one of the \”10 great places to get your feet back on the ground\” as a car-free destination, highlighting the unique status of M- 185 in the process. The trip around the island offers a photo opportunity at every bend in the path, according to the PSA Journal, the official magazine of the Photographic Society of America. The roadway passes the Indian Dormitory at the Marquand Bay at the base of Fort Mackinack, and the marina at Haldimand Bay. It also passes the Mission, Mission House, Mission Church House and Sainte Anne’s Catholic Church House. The name of the road changes to Lake Shore Road after the first mile. Along this section of the trunk line, the highway follows the water’s edge and follows the south and north shores of the island.
It ends at the city’s water filtration plant, which is just beyond the viewing area beyond the Arch Rock viewing area, beyond which the road returns to the island’s shoreline. The beginning and ending of the highway is marked at the intersection of Main and Fort streets next to the visitor center. That building is operated by the MISPC, but it was originally a US Coast Guard station. It is one of only three state trunk line highways in Michigan on islands; the others are M-134 on Drummond Island and M-154 on Harsens Island. No part of the roadway has been listed on the National Highway System, a network of roadways important to the country’s economy, defense, and mobility. It has no connection to any other Michiganstate trunkline highways—as it is on an island—and is accessible only by passenger ferry. The State Department of Transportation does not install the standard state highway reassurance markers along this roadway. It uses wooden markers to measure miles instead of the common metal signage; these signs are erected by the Michigan State Park Commission, as MDOT does notinstall the standardState Highway reassurance marker along the roadway. The City of MackInac Island calls the highway Main Street within the built-up area on the island’s southeast quadrant, and Lake Shore road elsewhere.