State hopes ’22’ highway sign won’t be as coveted as M-22

This undated photo provided by the Michigan Department of Transportation shows a highway sign being installed that says "22," instead of M-22 signs that have been stolen. M-22 is known as an iconic highway in northern Lower Peninsula. (Michigan Department of Transportation via AP)

GLEN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Thieves have been stealing highway signs that mark a popular road in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula.

As a result, state officials hope new signs that simply say “22” won’t be as attractive to vandals as M-22.

M-22 is the highway that runs through hot vacation spots in Manistee, Benzie and Leelanau counties. Transportation Department spokesman James Lake says sign thefts typically have occurred in Leelanau, the home of vineyards, beaches and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Lake tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle that replacement signs saying “22” cost roughly $325 to make and install. He says anyone who wants M-22 merchandise, especially the popular bumper sticker, can buy it from retailers.

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Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle

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