Route taken by Lake Michigan ferry getting new designation

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) – The route taken by a coal-fired passenger ferry that carries people and cars across Lake Michigan between Wisconsin and Michigan is getting a new designation.

The Ludington Daily News reports the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has notified Lake Michigan Carferry that the route traveled by the SS Badger will be designated as a continuance route of U.S. 10.

Since 1926, U.S. 10 has been broken into two segments by Lake Michigan between the port cities of Ludington, Michigan, and Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

The nonprofit association is working with Michigan Department of Transportation and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation on the new designation.

The 410-foot SS Badger launched in 1952 can carry 600 passengers and 180 vehicles. It’s the last coal-fired steamship operating on the Great Lakes.

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