Pleasure driving on scenic roads is a favorite American pastime. With the increased mobility brought by the automobile, views from the road typically form the basis for much of what we know about our environment and what we think about a particular place. Because the landscape seen from the road includes land under public and private control, accomplishing the goals of a Scenic Corridor Management Plan is a challenging process involving multiple jurisdictions working to balance the purpose of the roadway with the interests of the adjoining communities.
The Michigan Department of Transportation recognized these complexities and funded the preparation of a Scenic Corridor Management Plan for the I-69 corridor in Branch and Calhoun Counties. The state's intent for this effort was to better document the contributions of the I-69 corridor and its surrounding landscape in making positive impressions of Michigan and of local communities adjacent to the highway.