Discovering Woodward Avenue
- Woodward Avenue: a Road to the Heart and Soul of America On June 13, 2002, Woodward Avenue (M-1) from the Detroit River to the city of Pontiac became one of America's 99 National Byways.
This historic route includes the site of the first mile of rural concrete highway in the world, and plays host to the city's annual Dream Cruise.
Read on to learn about the history and culture of the road that's been Detroit's "main drag" for more than a century
Visit the Woodward photo galleries for a window into the past.
- Transportation Timeline Learn about MDOT's first century of progress--from mud roads to interstates--with this transportation timeline.