In 2015, M-134 was the first route to be designated as a Scenic Byway under the Pure Michigan Byways program, formally known as Michigan Heritage Routes. This byway is lined with forests, stunning lake views, and charming communities (go to mi134.com to learn more about the communities and attractions along this route). Regrettably, it is also marred in spots by obtrusive advertising signs that detract from the corridor’s beauty and conflict with the intent of the Pure Michigan Byways program.
Scenic Michigan member David Betts has been doing some outstanding work documenting the need for a corridor visual improvement program on M-134; he was the inspiration for our new Scenic Michigan Ambassador Program. Thanks to David’s in-depth research and documentation of signage blight, Scenic Michigan is aware of an issue affecting an important corridor in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. We’re looking forward to working with David and other partners in the area to build the local support needed for a corridor visual improvement program along M-134.