Northwest Michigan’s Transportation network of roads, trails, rail, air, and water transportation is perhaps one of its most critical economic development assets.

How does our transportation infrastructure support economic activity?

Our road systems, in particular, are foundational elements to both our lifestyles and our economy, providing mobility and access to employment, housing, services, and recreation. In addition, our road networks connect us to the global economy and facilitate the movement of goods and services within and between communities: all parts of our economy, from manufacturers to the tourism industry, rely on the ability to access a well-maintained road network.
Within the region, there are about 2,300 miles of primary roads, along with over 6500 miles of local roads that are maintained primarily by county road commissions and city or village governments. Traffic counts indicate that travelers from within and outside the region travel over 3,000,000 miles annually on these roads.

Source: A Framework for Transportation in Northwest Michigan

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