US 141 in Michigan
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According to watchtutorials, US 141 is a US Highway in the US state of Michigan. The road forms a north-south route on the so-called “Upper Peninsula”, the northern peninsula. The road begins at the Wisconsin border at Iron Mountain and then briefly crosses Michigan before temporarily passing through Wisconsin again. The road then ends at Covington. The route is 87 kilometers long.
The northern end of US 141 at Covington.
At Quinnesec, US 141 in Wisconsin crosses the border with Michigan, coming from Green Bay. The road then merges almost directly with US 2 from Escanaba and the road then passes through the town of Iron Mountain heading west. After only a few kilometers the road re-enters Wisconsin, through the village of Florence, after which the road re-enters Michigan. The road then heads north to Crystal Falls, where US 2 exits to Ironwood to the west and US 141 continues straight north. The road then passes for about 55 kilometers through an area with some forests, meadows and low hills. The road then ends at Covington on US 41, the road from Marquette towards Houghton.
According to Citypopulationreview, US 141 was created in 1926 but ran only in Wisconsin at the time. In 1929 the route was extended north to Covington. The route has not changed since then in Michigan, only around Iron Mountain the US 141 was widened to a divided highway.
The section through Iron Mountain still handles quite a bit of traffic, but the intensities drop to about 1,000 vehicles at Covington.
US 2 in Michigan
US 2 is a US Highway in the US state of Michigan. The road forms an east-west route over the so-called “Upper Peninsula”, the northern peninsula from Ironwood to St. Ignace. The road runs a short distance through Wisconsin. The route is 492 kilometers long.
The US 2 along Lake Michigan.
US 2 in Wisconsin enters the state of Michigan from Duluth at Ironwood and then heads east. The first 15 kilometers is a 2×2 divided highway, but from Wakefield the road only has one lane in each direction. You pass through a slightly hilly area with a lot of forest. This part of Michigan is quite sparsely populated and you don’t pass through villages very often. After about 85 kilometers you cross the US 45 in the village of Watersmeet. Then begins a second long route of about 70 kilometers through the Ottawa National Forest to the east. One then reaches the village of Crystal Falls, where the US 141crosses. US 2 then turns south and is double-numbered with US 141 for a bit. The road then also runs a bit through Wisconsin. At Iron Mountain, the road re-enters the state of Michigan and turns off US 141 toward Green Bay to the south. Shortly afterwards, in the town of Norway, the US 8 ends, coming from Rhinelander in the west.
The road then continues its route to the east, passing through an area of low hills and forests. After about 25 miles, US 41 joins the village of Powers from Menominee and Marinette. A double numbering of about 60 kilometers then starts. The road then continues east and reaches the town of Escanaba on immense Lake Michigan. The US 2 turns off here a bit to the north and has 2×2 lanes over a length of 25 kilometers. On the north side of Little Bay de Noc, the road turns east and US 41 continues only to Marquette in the north.
The US 2 then starts on a route of more than 200 kilometers to the east, without passing through larger towns. The road runs parallel to the north shore of Lake Michigan, but sometimes also further inland, partly through the various peninsulas that jut into the lake. The road here passes through the Hiawatha National Forest, a forest area on the Upper Peninsula. There are only a few small villages on the route, such as Manistique. Occasionally one crosses a state route that runs to the north, but there are not many. The road then continues to St. Ignace, a small but important village, as Interstate 75 crosses the Straits of Mackinac, the gorge between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. The road then ends at the junction with I-75.
US 2/41 at Escanaba.
US 2 was created in 1926. The route then ended in Sault Ste. Marie on the Canadian border. After I-75 opened in 1963 between St. Ignace and Sault Ste. Marie, a double numbering arose, after which US 2 was shortened to St. Ignace in 1984, and has since ended there on I-75. But a few short sections have been constructed as divided highway around the largest places.
The road is very quiet in the west, with barely 1,000 vehicles a day between Ironwood and Iron River. Some 3,000 vehicles drive past Crystal Falls, and 10,200 between Iron Mountain and Norway. After that, the intensities drop to 3,600 and then rise again with 8,500 towards Escanaba with the US 41. The route along the north coast of Lake Michigan does have some through traffic, with 3,000 to 4,000 vehicles per day.