M-32 (Michigan)

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M-32 highlighted in red; Bus. M-32 highlighted in green
Route information
Maintained by MDOT
Length100.003 mi[1] (160.939 km)
Existedc. July 1, 1919[2]–present
NHSUS 131 to eastern terminus[3]
Major junctions
West end M-66 at East Jordan
Major intersections
East end US 23 at Alpena
CountryUnited States
CountiesCharlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena
Highway system
M-31 US 33

M-32 is a state trunkline highway in the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is an east–west highway running just over 100 miles (160.9 km) from M-66 in East Jordan to US Highway 23 (US 23) in Alpena. It runs via Gaylord and Atlanta through forested terrain. There is one business spur for the highway that currently exists.

The highway has been extended a few times during its history, once reaching both lakes Michigan and Huron. Although it is no longer a true "cross-peninsular" highway, it is close, and there are efforts being made to extend the road back to US 31, restoring the cross-peninsular status lost in 1974 when it was shortened away from Charlevoix.

Route description

Western terminus of M-32 at M-66 (Lake Street) in East Jordan

M-32 starts an intersection with M-66 at the corner of Lake and Water streets in East Jordan. From there it follows Water, Bridge, Mill and State streets through town. It finally turns south on Maple Street leaving town. The trunkline turns east on Rogers Road south of Patricia Lake and then runs southeast into Antrim County. There it joins US 131 along a concurrency before turning east through Elmira and running east toward Gaylord. North of the Alba Road intersection, M-32 passes a cluster of lakes that includes Lake 27. Continuing east, M-32 crosses through a retail corridor before it passes under Interstate 75 (I-75) and runs into downtown Gaylord with Business Loop I-75 (BL I-75). Passing out of Gaylord, the highway runs southeasterly toward Johannesburg. The road passes Big Lake and turns south on Turtle Lake Road at the intersection with Beckett Road. The highway resumes its eastward path on McCoy Road into Johannesburg. It passes through the community and meets the county line in Vienna. There M-32 turns northwesterly to Atlanta. In town, M-32 meets and joins M-33. The two highways cross the Thunder Bay River before parting ways east of Atlanta in Avery Township. M-32 turns north by Fletcher Pond, which straddles the MontmorencyAlpena county line. Outside of the village of Hillman, M-32 passes Business M-32 (Bus. M-32). In western Alpena County, the trunkline runs to the north of Manning Hill and passes the south end of the Alpena County Regional Airport outside Alpena. In the city, M-32 follows Washington Avenue, then briefly turns onto a one-way pair with eastbound along Second Avenue and westbound along Third Avenue. The end of the highway is at US 23, blocks from the Thunder Bay of Lake Huron.[4]

All of M-32 consists of rural two-lane highway outside of the city of Gaylord. The highway passes through forest lands outside of the communities along the highway.[4] From US 131 east to the eastern terminus at US 23, M-32 is listed on the National Highway System,[3] a group of highways which are determined to be important to the nation's economy, defense, and mobility.[5]


M-32 was formed as a state trunkline in 1919 along its present routing between M-13 (now US 131) and M-10 (later US 23, now M-65) near Lachine.[2] In 1933, M-32 was extended westerly along M-131 and then to M-66 in East Jordan.[6] The concurrency along M-131 would remain when US 131 replaced it in 1939. Another change in that year came on the eastern end when US 23 was realigned north of Alpena. M-32 took over the US 23 routing between Lachine and Alpena.[7] M-32 was extended along M-66 to Charlevoix from 1964 until 1974.[8][9] Bus. M-32 was disconnected from M-32 when the latter was realigned in Hillman in 1994.[10]

In August 2021, a one-mile (1.6 km) stretch of the highway west of Alpena was closed off for use by the Michigan Air National Guard (MANG) as a runway, for an exercise involving four A-10 Warthogs, two C-146A Wolfhounds, as part of Exercise Northern Strike 21. The A-10s were able to land, and then simulate refitting, rearming, refueling and return to the simulated battle.[11] This is the first time training like this has occurred in North America.[12] The MANG is normally based at Alpena County Regional Airport.


A portion of M-32 is not on the NHS. Instead, the Federal Highway Administration map for the NHS in Michigan shows a proposed realignment that has not been built as of 2008.[13]

Municipal officials in the Village of Ellsworth have sought an extension of M-32 westward from East Jordan to end at US 31.[14] Such an extension would restore M-32's status as a "cross-peninsular" highway, making it the 4th if extended.

Major intersections

CharlevoixEast Jordan0.0000.000 M-66 – Charlevoix, Mancelona

C-48 west – Ellsworth
Western end of C-48 concurrency
C-48 east
Eastern end of C-48 concurrency
AntrimJordanWarner township line10.87917.508
C-73 north
Southern terminus of C-73
Warner Township15.52624.987
US 131 north – Petoskey
Northern end of US 131 concurrency
US 131 south – Kalkaska, Cadillac
Southern end of US 131 concurrency
OtsegoElmiraHayes township line24.38639.245
C-42 west – Alba
Eastern terminus of C-42
I-75 – Mackinac Bridge, Saginaw

BL I-75 south
Western end of BL I-75 concurrency; exit 282 on I-75
BL I-75 south
Eastern end of BL I-75 concurrency
F-44 east (Wilkinson Road)
Western terminus of F-44
Chester Township37.52960.397
F-42 west (McCoy Road)
Eastern terminus of F-42
Charlton Township43.12169.397
F-97 south (Douglas Lake Road)
Northern terminus of F-97
county line
Vienna Corners47.15075.881
F-01 south (Meridian Line Road)
Northern terminus of F-01
M-33 north – Onaway
Western end of M-33 concurrency
Avery Township67.628108.837
M-33 south – Mio
Eastern end of M-33 concurrency
F-21 north – Hillman
Southern terminus of F-21; to Bus. M-32; also the former routing of M-32
AlpenaGreen Township84.343135.737
M-65 south – Curran
Western end of M-65 concurrency
M-65 north – Rogers City
Eastern end of M-65 concurrency
Alpena100.003160.939 US 23 / LHCT – Cheboygan, StandishRoadway continues east as Second and Third avenues
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Business spur

Business plate.svg

Business M-32

Length0.738 mi[1] (1,188 m)
Existedby 1927[15]–present

Business M-32 (Bus. M-32) is a 0.738-mile (1.188 km)[1] business spur route running through Hillman, Michigan. There are markers present, but Bus. M-32 does not connect to M-32. It is the shortest business route in the state, and the second shortest overall trunkline. It is 0.006 miles (0.010 km) longer than M-212 in Aloha. The termini for Bus. M-32 are Hillman Road and Old M-32 south of Hillman and the northern city limit along Hillman Road.[1]

Bus. M-32 highlighted in red


  1. ^ a b c d e Michigan Department of Transportation (2021). Next Generation PR Finder (Map). Michigan Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 11, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Michigan State Highway Department (July 1, 1919). State of Michigan (Map). Scale not given. Lansing: Michigan State Highway Department. Lower Peninsula sheet. OCLC 15607244. Retrieved October 17, 2019 – via Michigan History Center.
  3. ^ a b Michigan Department of Transportation (2023). National Functional Classification (Map). Michigan Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 18, 2023.
  4. ^ a b Google (March 26, 2009). "Overview Map of M-32" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 26, 2009.
  5. ^ Natzke, Stefan; Neathery, Mike & Adderly, Kevin (June 20, 2012). "What is the National Highway System?". National Highway System. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  6. ^ Michigan State Highway Department & Rand McNally (September 1, 1933). Official Michigan Highway Map (Map). [c. 1:840,000]. Lansing: Michigan State Highway Department. § F10. OCLC 12701053.
  7. ^ Michigan State Highway Department & Rand McNally (December 1, 1939). Official Michigan Highway Map (Map) (Winter ed.). [c. 1:850,000]. Lansing: Michigan State Highway Department. §§ F12–F13. OCLC 12701143. Retrieved October 17, 2019 – via Michigan History Center.
  8. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (1964). Official Highway Map (Map). [c. 1:918,720]. Lansing: Michigan State Highway Department. § F9. OCLC 12701120, 81213707. Retrieved October 17, 2019 – via Michigan History Center.
  9. ^ Michigan Department of State Highways and Transportation (1975). Michigan, Great Lake State: Official Transportation Map (Map). c. 1:918,720. Lansing: Michigan Department of State Highways and Transportation. § F9. OCLC 12701177, 320798754. Retrieved October 17, 2019 – via Michigan History Center.
  10. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (1995). Michigan Department of Transportation Map (Map). c. 1:918,720. Lansing: Michigan Department of Transportation. § F12. OCLC 42778335, 32885070. Retrieved October 17, 2019 – via Michigan History Center.
  11. ^ Webb, James R. (August 5, 2021). "A-10s Use Rural Michigan Highway as a Runway". MilitaryTimes. Retrieved August 6, 2021.
  12. ^ "Military Training Plans Thursday Will Make history". UpNorthLive. Traverse City, Michigan: WPBN-TV. August 5, 2021. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
  13. ^ Federal Highway Administration (August 2006). National Highway System: Michigan (PDF) (Map). Washington, DC: Federal Highway Administration. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 9, 2006. Retrieved February 8, 2008.
  14. ^ Matheny, Keith (September 18, 2005). "M-32 road extension sought". Traverse City Record-Eagle. Archived from the original on February 1, 2013. Retrieved February 8, 2008.
  15. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (December 1, 1927). Official Highway Service Map (Map). [c. 1:810,000]. Lansing: Michigan State Highway Department. OCLC 12701195, 79754957.

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