Heritage Route Planning

Created by legislation in 1993, the Heritage Route Program emphasizes cooperation among local residents, their government officials, landowners and interested groups to preserve unique scenic, historic or recreational highways. The Heritage Route Program is a grass roots program, requiring involvement by local residents to ensure that their highway and its roadsides remain in their natural and unspoiled conditions. Michigan's residents have an opportunity as individuals, groups, or entire communities to become involved in this important effort to preserve Michigan's roadsides with scenic, historic and/or recreational qualities.

SWMPC assisted with the development and continues to promote the US 12 Heritage Route. The US12 Heritage Route winds through more than 200 miles of rural scenery, charming towns and historic landmarks.