Public invited to celebrate in Cross Village at M-119 'Tunnel of Trees' dedication ceremony June 28
Bob Felt, MDOT Office of Communications 888-304-6368
The Michigan Department of Transportation is teaming up with the M-119 Tunnel of Trees Implementation Committee on Saturday, June 28 at 10 a.m. for a special dedication ceremony at the Cross Village Community Center in northwest Michigan. Local officials will be on hand along with other dignitaries to host a ceremony celebrating the history and current status of the M-119 corridor.
"When residents, individuals and entire communities come together in this fashion to preserve Michigan's scenic roads, everyone benefits," said State Transportation Director Gloria Jeff. "M-119 is one of the crown jewels in our state and today we celebrate its unique qualities."
MDOT will unveil the official signage for the 'Tunnel of Trees' M-119 Scenic Heritage Route, officially designated back in December, 2002.
The M-119 Committee members include Cross Village, Readmond and Friendship townships and the Emmet County Lakeshore Association. The Committee worked with the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, representatives from MDOT, the Emmet County Planning Department and other community participants to develop the corridor management plan and apply for route designation.
"I would like to thank each and every committee member, all stakeholders and citizens who attended our meetings and provided input," said M-119 Committee Chair Richard Cobb.
Future plans for the corridor include historic signage, tree protection, and education.
"The designation and dedication (of M-119) is seen as a cornerstone in the foundation of our overall goal to preserve and protect this area's unique lakeshore resources," said Emmet County Lakeshore Association President Henry Singer.
The public is encouraged to attend and learn more about the history of the M-119 corridor and experience the 'Tunnel of Trees.' The celebration is expected to run until noon. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Megan Olds at (231) 929-5034.
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