MDOT Approves 12 ORV Connector Routes throughout the UP


ORV routes

The Upper Peninsula is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. A new law will allow O-R-V riders to enjoy the scenery easier and more conveniently.

The Michigan Department of Transportation has approved 12 connector routes throughout the UP.

A connector route connects existing ORV trails to cities and local attractions and makes it easier for riders to enjoy the area.

The new routes were chosen as pilot locations. Off-road vehicles will be allowed to operate on them within M-DOT rights of way.

Debbie Munson Badini, a spokeswoman for the DNR says, “Well the DNR and MDOT and ORV clubs were looking for ways to work together to get ORV trail riders connected to communities and attractions in the UP, that they could not before legally reach by riding their ORV. So legislation was signed and approved that allowed the DNR to propose some pilot project routes and MDOT has approved those, so as of May all 12 of those pilot projects will be open and ready to be ridden on.”

Bandini says some of the rules ORV operators will need to be aware of include: a speed limit of 25 mile per hour, and a seasonal trail closure between December 1st and May 1st.

The connector trails will be reviewed at the end of next year to determine their safety and the environmental impact.

For a link to learn more about the O-R-V trails Click Here

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