M-1 (Michigan highway)
M-1 is a north–south state trunkline highway in the Metro Detroit area of the US state of Michigan. The highway runs from Detroit north-northwesterly to Pontiac. All of M-1 north of I-75 is listed on the National Highway System. The name Woodward Avenue has become synonymous with Detroit, cruising culture and the automotive industry.
About M-1 (Michigan highway) in brief
M-1 is a north–south state trunkline highway in the Metro Detroit area of the US state of Michigan. The highway runs from Detroit north-northwesterly to Pontiac. It is one of the five principal avenues of Detroit, along with Michigan, Grand River, Gratiot, and Jefferson avenues. The name Woodward Avenue has become synonymous with Detroit, cruising culture and the automotive industry. All of M-1 north of I-75 is listed on the National Highway System, a network of roads important to the country’s economy, defense, and mobility. The trunkline is the dividing line between Detroit’s East and West sides, and connects to some of the city’s major freeways like Interstate 94 and M-8. Woodward Avenue was the location of the first mile of concrete-paved roadway in the country. The roadway carried streetcar lines from the 1860s until the 1950s; a new streetcar line known as the QLine opened along part of Woodward Avenue in 2017. In 2011, the department’s traffic surveys showed that on average, 64,713 vehicles used the highway daily north of 11 Mile Road and 17,345 vehicle did so each day in Highland Park, the highest and lowest counts along the highway, respectively. The Federal Highway Administration has listed the highway as the Automotive Heritage Trail, an All-American Road in the National Scenic Byways Program. It has also been designated a Pure Michigan Byway by the Michigan Department of Transportation, and was also included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area designated by the US Congress in 1998.
It was part of the Theodore Roosevelt International Highway that connected Portland, Maine, with Portland, Oregon, through Ontario in Canada. The thoroughfare followed the route of the Indian trail that linked Detroit with Pontiac, Flint, and Saginaw. Woodward passes the historic Fox Theatre, home of the National Hockey League’s Detroit Lions and the Major League Baseball’s Major League Tigers. Along the way, it passes several important and historic sites, including notable buildings like One Woodward Avenue, the Guardian Building, and The Qube. It also runs around Campus Martius Park, a retail, commercial, residential and historic district listed on National Register of Historic Places. After that historic district, Woodward Avenue travels through the middle of Grand Circus Park; the northern edge of the park is bounded by Adams Avenue, where state maintenance begins. The northern end of North Adams Avenue is where the highway is designated as a state trunk line trunkline state highway. It crosses over the Little Caesars Arena home of Detroit’s National Football League, and the Comerica Park and Ford Field home of Major League baseball’s Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Lions. It passes over the Fox Theatre before it crosses over I- 75 before it enters the Lower Historic District, where the avenue is located near Cobo Center and the Renaissance Center, headquarters for General Motors. It is considered to be the divider between the East andWest sides of Detroit.