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Old 04-15-2019, 11:52 AM   #1
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Just how bad are the roads in Michigan?

We're working on a trip up along the West coast of Michigan , then up to the UP across the Mackinac bridge.
I've got friends that were up there a couple of years ago and said the roads were terrible.
Are they?

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Old 04-15-2019, 11:56 AM   #2
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If I remember right I-69 was pretty bad leaving Detroit area and inner cities really bad.
I'm not going to hesitate taking my RV to Michigan. If you have the time consider adding Frankenmuth to the trip plans.
You'll be fine.
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Old 04-15-2019, 11:58 AM   #3
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It's certainly a common theme and they aren't great. Your worst roads in Michigan are just north of the Ohio and Indiana borders. As you get further north, they are pretty typical. However, after a trip out east last summer and a trip to Utah last month, along with other business trip travel, EVERY STATE has their fair share of terrible roads. I can tell you that Montreal has the worst roads I have ever been on, bar none. I-76 between Nebraska and Denver ranks right up there too.
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They are not great, it's a real crap shoot.
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Old 04-15-2019, 12:31 PM   #5
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drive in pot holes.
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Old 04-15-2019, 03:37 PM   #6
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Does any state have good roads?


Don't give up the trip because of this. It's nothing to be worried about. Try driving up to Alaska like millions have done!
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If I remember right I-69 was pretty bad leaving Detroit area and inner cities really bad.
I-69 goes from Port Huron to Indianapolis and does not go anywhere near Detroit.

The worst roads are the ones most traveled, so Metro Detroit is bad, but not all of it. I-96 from I-275 to downtown was rebuilt a couple of years ago. Much of I-275 near Detroit was rebuilt a couple of years before that.

Major construction on I-75 just north of Detroit and south of Rochester for the next couple of years.

The major north south roads, US-23 and I-75 are always reasonably good. Not sure about US-31 and US-131. I-94 gets a lot of truck traffic. I-96 gets less truck traffic.
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US31 follows the west side of Michigan all the way to the Mackinac Bridge. Road isn't perfect, but nothing like the interstates on the other side of the state.
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:31 PM   #9
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I'm with Rhino on a couple of points. East Quebec Province were the worst ever!! For Michigan, anything 50 miles away from the south borders are slightly below the nation average as far as bumps. Not the worst but nowhere near the best.

Do us a favor and let us know what rig you have. We'd love to know what you'll be driving in our state. WELCOME!
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:54 PM   #10
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I traverse Michigan for my field service work so I have seen most of them.

It will depend on where you enter the state. On the West side there is the previously mentioned US-31. That is basically THE coastal route. I would say it is in decent shape and that is my route in the RV up the coast.

A bit more East is US-131. I'd say it is an average road for Michigan. Some washboard stuff here and there.

I wouldn't enter Michigan East of I-69. I-69 is OK. US-23 is starting to fall apart and although portions of I-75 have been worked on, it is still a washboard in my opinion.
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US-127 is mostly good four lane divided highway from Jackson to where it joins I-75 in the northern part of the state. I-96 between Lansing and Grand Rapids is notably bad when towing a trailer. I-94 is clogged with truck traffic.
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We will be in a 37' 2003 National Tradewinds DP towing our Honda CRV. I am thinking of stopping in Elkhart to visit the RV museam then head up to Muskegon, the Traverse City area then up and across the bridge to the UP.
I already have made some reservations, so we are going and deal with whatever we find and enjoy ourselves.

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We have always found good roads in central, west, and north Michigan. The UP is good also.
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