I-96 highlighted in red
|Maintained by MDOT|
|Length:||192.032 mi (309.046 km)|
|Existed:||1959 – present|
|West end:||US 31 in Norton Shores|
|I‑94 in Detroit|
|East end:||I‑75 in Detroit|
|Counties:||Muskegon, Ottawa, Kent, Ionia, Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Livingston, Oakland, Wayne|
Interstate 96 (I-96) is an Interstate Highway that runs for approximately 192 miles (309 km) entirely within the US state of Michigan. The western terminus is at an interchange with US Highway 31 (US 31) and Business US 31 (BUS US 31) on the western boundary of Norton Shores southeast of Muskegon, and the eastern terminus is at I-75 near the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit. From Grand Rapids through Lansing to Detroit, the freeway parallels Grand River Avenue, never straying more than a few miles from the deleted US 16. The Wayne County section of I-96 is named the Jeffries Freeway from its eastern terminus to the junction with I-275 and M-14. Though maps still refer to the freeway as the Jeffries, the portion within the city of Detroit was renamed by the state legislature as the Rosa Parks Memorial Highway in December 2005 in honor of the late civil rights pioneer. There are four auxiliary Interstates as well as two current and four former business routes associated with I-96.
Grand River Avenue originated as an Indian trail before Michigan statehood. It later was used as a wagon road across the state. The roadway was included in the State Trunkline Highway System in 1919 as M-16 and later the United States Numbered Highway System as US 16. Construction of a freeway along the length of the corridor was proposed in the 1940s, and included as part of the Interstate Highway System in the mid-1950s. This construction was started in 1956 and initially completed across the state to Detroit in 1962. The proposed route for the Jeffries Freeway in Detroit was moved in the 1960s; it was built in the 1970s. I-96 was completed on November 21, 1977, in the Detroit area, closing the last gap along the route. Since then, additional interchanges and lanes have been added in places to accommodate traffic needs.
- 1 Route description
- 2 History
- 3 Exit list
- 4 Related trunklines
- 5 See also
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
- 8 External links
I-96 is maintained by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) as a segment of the larger State Trunkline Highway System. In 2011, the department's traffic surveys showed that on average, 201,200 vehicles used the highway daily between 6 and 7 Mile roads in Livonia. Near Norton Shores, 20,638 vehicles did so each day between Airline and Fruitport roads. These are the highest and lowest counts along the highway, respectively. As an Interstate Highway, all of I-96 is included in the National Highway System, a network of roads important to the country's economy, defense, and mobility. In addition, the highway in Detroit has been named by the Michigan Legislature the Rosa Parks Memorial Highway to honor the civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks. The segment from Livonia east to I-275 is the Jeffries Freeway, named for a former mayor of Detroit, Edward Jeffries.
Muskegon to Grand Rapids
I-96 begins at a three-quarter cloverleaf interchange with US 31 northeast of the Muskegon County Airport in Norton Shores, near Muskegon. At the starting terminus, the highway has a grassy median and two lanes in each direction as it travels southeasterly through rural Muskegon County. The freeway is paralleled by Airline Highway in an area of with a mix of fields and residences as far as Fruitport. I-96 bypasses that village to the north and east before crossing into Ottawa County at Fruitport Road. After a distance of about five miles (8.0 km) in the county, the trunkline reaches Nunica. The highway crosses the Crockery Creek and turns eastward toward Coopersville. The freeway runs parallel to the Grand River, about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) to the north. Near Ironwood Drive, I-96 turns southeasterly again and goes through Marne.
Beyond Marne, I-96 passes the western end of M-11 and crosses into Kent County, curving around a rest area for the eastbound lanes. The freeway runs eastward through a light industrial area of the suburb of Walker as it enters the Grand Rapids metropolitan area. At the interchange with Alpine Avenue, M-37 merges onto the freeway and the two run concurrently past the studios for WZZM-TV with its iconic weatherball, a 16-foot-wide (4.9 m) sphere 100 feet (30 m) above the ground that uses colored lights to display a weather forecast. Adjacent to the studios are the ramps from eastbound I-96 to southbound US 131 and from northbound US 131 to westbound I-96. These ramps mark the northern end of I-296, an unsigned auxiliary Interstate Highway designation applied to them and the US 131 freeway south to downtown Grand Rapids. I-96 turns northeasterly past a commercial area to a three-quarter cloverleaf interchange that provides all of the other connections with US 131 next to a crossing of the Grand River.
East of the river, I-96 and M-37 pass through the northern suburb of Comstock Park, intersecting Connector M-44 (CONN M-44, Plainfield Avenue) near Lamberton Lake. Past that interchange, the freeway angles southeasterly and then southward, bypassing Grand Rapids to the northeast. East of downtown, I-96/M-37 meets I-196 (Gerald R. Ford Freeway) at a partial interchange; traffic headed eastbound on I-196 must enter I-96 eastbound and only westbound I-96 traffic may enter I-196. Immediately east of the interchange is another for M-44 (East Beltline Avenue) where M-37 separates from the freeway to turn southward. Through this series of interchanges, I-96 curves to the east and then turns back southward after passing through them. There are two more interchanges for M-21 (Fulton Street) and Cascade Road before I-96 meets the eastern end of M-11 at 28th Street. The next interchange for 36th Street provides access to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. The freeway continues to the east of the airport and then intersects the eastern end of M-6 (Paul B. Henry Freeway, South Beltline Freeway) at an interchange over the confluence of the Thornapple and Grand rivers.
Grand Rapids to Brighton
The freeway exits the edges of the Grand Rapids urban area past the interchange with M-6, turning due east and paralleling the northern edge of Cascade Road. I-96 curves to the south of Pratt Lake near the county line, crossing into Ionia County. Grand River Avenue is the frontage road as the freeway heads east through farm fields. South of Ionia, I-96 intersects M-66. Near Portland, the trunkline turns to the southeast to cross the Grand River again. On the east side of town, the freeway crosses Grand River Avenue, its former business spur into town. I-96 continues southeasterly, crossing into Clinton County, and passes the community of Eagle. Entering the western reaches of the Lansing metropolitan area, I-96 merges with I-69 and turns southward at an interchange in the southwestern corner of the county; this interchange also provides access to Business Loop I-96 (BL I-96, Grand River Avenue).
These two Interstates run southward together for about 6.5 miles (10.5 km) on the west side of the metropolitan area, picking up a third lane in each direction. The exit numbers and mileposts along the concurrency reflect those of I-96, which is considered the dominant designation of the pair. South of that interchange, the freeway crosses into Eaton County and over the Grand River. The trunkline passes near residential subdivisions, and next to the interchange for BL I-69/M-43 (Saginaw Highway), there is a large retail development. Further south, I-496 (Olds Freeway) branches off to run into downtown Lansing before the split between I-96 and I-69. I-69 turns southward while I-96 turns southeasterly, dropping back to four lanes in total. After the Lansing Road interchange, the freeway crosses the Grand River one last time and runs due east to bypass Lansing.
I-96 crosses into Ingham County and continues along the southern edges of the Lansing metro area. It passes through areas with residential subdivisions and commercial developments, coming to a pair of interchanges including one for the eastern end of BL I-96 (Cedar Street). Near the crossing of the Red Cedar River, I-96 goes through the interchange for I-496/US 127. East of that interchange, the freeway begins to exit the metro area as the landscape transitions back to farm fields. I-96 continues eastward, bypassing Williamston and Webberville to the south. Near the latter, the freeway turns more southeasterly and crosses into Livingston County.
In Livingston County, I-96 passes to the south of Fowlerville and Howell. Near the Livingston County Spencer J. Hardy Airport on the western edge of Howell, I-96 meets M-59, which carries the Howell business loop easterly to Grand River Avenue. The freeway expands to six lanes and runs parallel to Grand River Avenue on the southern side of town. The business loop reconnects near Lake Chemung on the east side of town, and I-96 turns further to the southeast. On the northeast side of Brighton, I-96 crosses over Grand River Avenue and the landscape transitions to include residential subdivisions. I-96 crosses US 23 and enters the far northwestern edge of Metro Detroit.
I-96 passes through an area with several lakes as it crosses into Oakland County. This area includes the Island Lake State Recreation Area to the south and the Kensington Metropark to the north of the freeway in an area where it crosses the Huron River. The Interstate runs through Wixom into Novi, where it passes to the south of the Twelve Oaks Mall. Southeast of the mall, I-96 enters a complex interchange on the border between Novi and Farmington Hills that connects it to M-5 (Haggerty Connector), I-275 and I-696 (Reuther Freeway). The trunkline drops a lane in each direction as it enters the interchange and turns southward. The freeway then merges into I-275 and increases to four lanes in each direction running south in Farmington Hills.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, I-275 ends at the junction with I-96 and M-14 along the boundary between Livonia and Plymouth Township and not at the interchange in Novi and Farmington Hills.[a] MDOT considers I-275 to extend northward concurrently with I-96 to the Novi and Farmington Hills, and maps from other providers follow MDOT's lead and label the freeway north of M-14 as I-96/I-275.
I-96/I-275 runs southward for about two miles (3.2 km) before crossing into Wayne County at the interchange with 8 Mile Road near the Meadowbrook Country Club. The freeway curves to the east around Schoolcraft College; then, south of 5 Mile Road, I-96 meets the interchange with M-14 and I-275 where it turns to the east along the Jeffries Freeway. To the north and south sides of I-96 are a pair of service drives named Schoolcraft Road which follow the 4 Mile location on the Mile Road System for Detroit. To the north of the Jeffries are residential neighborhoods and to the south are commercial or industrial areas. At Inkster Road, the freeway crosses into Redford Township where it intersects US 24 (Telegraph Road) near Eliza Howell Park. East of the park, I-96 enters Detroit.
Past the Outer Drive interchange, I-96 splits into a local-express lanes configuration. There are two carriageways in each direction, and the central ones have three lanes that bypass almost all of the exits while the outer ones have two lanes that have access to each exit. The Jeffries turns southeasterly and separates from Schoolcraft Road shifting one-half mile (0.80 km) to the south. The interchange with M-39 (Southfield Freeway) features slip ramps so that traffic can pass between the local and express lanes. Further east, I-96 turns northeasterly to cross Grand River Avenue at the southern end of M-5. I-96 curves over to the interchange with M-8 (Davison Avenue) and the local-express configuration ends as the freeway turns back to the south to cross over Grand River Avenue.
From the crossing south of Davison, I-96 runs parallel to Grand River Avenue southeasterly with eight lanes total. The two run together as far as the interchange with I-94 (Edsel Ford Freeway) near Bishop Park. I-96 turns more south-southeasterly there through residential neighborhoods on Detroit's southeastern side. I-96 terminates at an interchange that connects it to I-75 (Fisher Freeway) and to the Ambassador Bridge.
Interstate 96 was mostly constructed in sections that opened from 1957 to 1962, but it was not completed in the Detroit area until 1977. Even before the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act was signed in 1956, the route was being planned as a replacement of the old US 16, which was decommissioned in 1962.
The Muskegon–Grand Rapids–Lansing–Detroit corridor was initially named the Grand River Road, an Indian trail that was designated as a military highway in 1825. The roadway was included as a branch of "Division 2" of the State Trunkline Highway System when that was created in May 1913. When the system was signposted in 1919, the highway was assigned the M-16 designation. Grand River Avenue was the first paved highway across the state when paving was completed in 1926. The entire highway was designated as part of US 16 later that year.
East of Grand Rapids, the highway was a major artery of national importance, and was added to the proposed "Interregional Highway System" as part of a northern route between Chicago and Detroit by the 1940s. A branch from Grand Rapids to Muskegon was added later that decade, and in 1957 the Chicago–Detroit route was labeled as part of Interstate 94, with Interstate 94N on the spur to Muskegon. Michigan, believing that this would "cause considerable confusion to the public", requested a change in April 1958, which would move I-94 to the shorter Kalamazoo route (which was planned as I-92), make the Muskegon–Detroit route I-96, and assign I-67 to the connection from I-94 to I-96 at Grand Rapids, but this was initially rejected by the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO). By mid-1959, Michigan's plan had been approved, with one change: I-96 would take the south leg from I-94 at Benton Harbor to Grand Rapids, and the north leg to Muskegon would be I-196.
Construction of the Brighton–Farmington Expressway piece of the US 16 upgrade began in 1956, and, when a four-mile (6.4 km) piece opened on August 1, 1957, it was the first section of funded Interstate to open in Michigan. The entire 23-mile (37 km) freeway from east of Brighton to a bypass of Farmington was completed in December of that year. By early 1959, when signs for I-96 and I-196 were posted, 59 miles (95 km) of the "Detroit–Muskegon Freeway" had been completed and marked as US 16. With the opening of 51 miles (82 km) from west of Lansing to east of Howell, the entire route, except in the Detroit area, opened for travel on December 12, 1962. US 16 was decommissioned in the state at that time; the portions into Muskegon and Detroit, beyond the ends of the freeway, became separate related highways named Business Spur Interstate 196 (BS I-196) for Muskegon and for Detroit.
In 1963, the Michigan State Highway Department petitioned AASHO to again make the change it had requested back in 1958, moving I-96 over I-196 to end at Muskegon and renumbering I-96 west of Grand Rapids to I-67. The state cited problems with destination signing and numerous complaints from the public about confusion caused by the numbering. At their October 21, 1963 meeting, AASHO approved the relocation of I-96, but rejected I-67, stating that the number should be kept for a more major route in case the system is expanded, and instead assigned I-196 to the not-yet-complete Benton Harbor–Grand Rapids highway. With the scheduled completion of the Lodge Freeway on October 29, 1964, a full freeway route was available from I-96 into downtown Detroit via I-696 and the Lodge, but it would be some time before I-96 was finished into the city.
Construction of the Jeffries Freeway
The Detroit Expressway and Transit System plan, prepared in 1945 for the city of Detroit, included a Grand River Expressway, which was to parallel Grand River Avenue into downtown and relieve congestion on that artery. A rail line would be built in the median of the freeway west of West Chicago Street, where streetcars would exit onto the existing surface tracks on Grand River Avenue into downtown. The plan called for a future conversion to rapid transit with a grade-separated route to downtown. The Department of Street Railways determined in 1947 that the operation would cost $6 million per year (equivalent to $177 million/yr in 2012), and the planned transit line was dropped from the plans. By 1961, the proposed highway was renamed the Jeffries Freeway, after Edward Jeffries, who served as Detroit mayor from 1940 to 1948.
The first piece of the Jeffries Freeway connected the Fisher Freeway (I-75) with the Ford Freeway (I-94) in 1970. It was extended northwest to Livernois Avenue (exit 188A) in July 1971, and then to Grand River Avenue at Schaefer Highway (exit 185) in 1973. In 1976, the freeway was extended west to the Southfield Freeway (exit 183), and the entire I-275 concurrent section was opened. The final piece was completed on November 21, 1977, connecting the Detroit section to I-275. The I-96 designation was assigned along the I-275 freeway south to the Jeffries Freeway, and eastward along the new freeway to the M-39 interchange; the remaining stub of I-96 around Farmington was redesignated as an extension of M-102 (now M-5).
Originally, the route of Interstate 96 from the east end of the existing freeway in Farmington through Detroit, named the Jeffries Freeway (commonly referred to as simply "the Jeffries"), was to closely parallel Grand River Avenue (formerly US 16). However, by 1963, several freeway revolts were taking place in urban locations throughout the country, including Detroit. Several of Detroit's planned freeways were modified, scaled back, or outright cancelled. To minimize the impact to existing communities and businesses, it was decided that the Jeffries Freeway would no longer utilize the Grand River Avenue corridor. Instead, the new I-96 freeway corridor would partially use right-of-way from the C&O Railroad through the city of Livonia (ultimately being built over Schoolcraft Road), and utilize the planned I-275 freeway bypassing Detroit to the west to connect back to the existing freeway.
Since the completion of I-96 in 1977, several changes to the freeway have taken place. Beginning in 1984, an extension of the US 27 freeway (later to become I-69) bypassing Lansing opened; US 27 was then cosigned with I-96 along the western side of Lansing. Three years later, the I-69 designation was applied to this new bypass, resulting in a triple concurrency (I-96/I-69/US 27) that existed until 2002, when US 27 was decommissioned in Michigan.
From 2003 to 2005, the Beck Road interchange (exit 160) in Novi was reconstructed as a single point urban interchange (SPUI), the first in the metropolitan Detroit area and the first on I-96. An interchange between 36th Street and I-96 was built starting in 2005 and was completed in 2006. The project aimed to improve access to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport southeast of Grand Rapids. The reconstruction of the Wixom Road interchange near Novi as a SPUI was completed in late fall of 2008. Another interchange at Latson Road in Howell was approved for construction on July 19, 2012. This interchange was designed to bring improved access to the eastern Howell area, which prior to construction of the Latson Road exit was only accessible from westbound I-96. The project was completed on December 2, 2013. Also in 2013, the two interchanges near Nunica serving M-104 and B-31 were reconstructed, with two ramps removed from the former and two added to the latter; a new partial interchange was also built in preparation of M-231, a future bypass of Grand Haven that is slated for completion in 2016.
On April 5, 2014, MDOT closed I-96 between Newburgh Road and US 24 (Telegraph Road). The project is to cost $148 million, and it will rebuild the seven miles (11 km), replace two bridges, and repair 32 other bridges. The department will also install new drainage and replace the signs along I-96. The project was expected to be completed in October 2014. Instead, it was finished ahead of schedule, and that segment of I-96 was opened on September 21, 2014.
Also in 2014, work will begin on bypassing the early 1950s interchange with US 23 near Brighton. A new set of through lanes will be built on I-96 between the current eastbound and westbound lanes with three new bridges over northbound and southbound US 23, and over Old US 23. The existing lanes of I-96 will be changed to be collector-distributor lanes for ramp traffic.
Beginning on February 25, 2008, MDOT and the Detroit International Bridge Company initiated the Ambassador Gateway Project at the eastern end of I-96. The adjacent section of I-75 closed completely to traffic in both directions to start the complete reconstruction of the road to better connect I-75 and I-96 to the Ambassador Bridge, and the plans included the reconstruction of a mile (1.6 km) of I-96. That segment of I-96 closed on July 14, 2008, and it was scheduled to reopen a month early the following September. The overall project to realign ramps and connect the bridge to the freeways was mired in lawsuits between MDOT and the private company that owns the bridge. The company's owner was jailed for contempt of court during court proceedings in early 2012. MDOT was later ordered to assume responsibility for construction, and the department completed the project on September 21, 2012.
On January 12, 2005, a large multiple-vehicle collision consisting of over 200 motor vehicles occurred on both directions of I-96 near Williamston in Ingham County. Two people, Douglas James Baker (age 15) and Jason Eldridge (age 27) were killed in the incident. It was one of the largest collisions in US history and was blamed on heavy fog.
In October 2012, reports of a sniper shooting cars along I-96 in four counties led to a federal investigation and a multi-jurisdictional task force of 100 law enforcement officials. As of October 30, 2012, 25 shootings had been linked to one suspect. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Crime Stoppers offered a $102,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrator. The suspect, Raulie Casteel of Wixom, was arrested on November 5, 2012, and ordered to stand trial in 2013 in Oakland County for 60 charges in one case, with a second trial on terrorism and murder charges to be brought by the Michigan Attorney General. On October 30, 2013, the suspect pleaded no contest, but mentally ill, in the Oakland County case, and he was sentenced to serve anywhere from six years and eight months to 10 years in prison on multiple assault charges (as well as two concurrent years on weapons charges) for that case on February 4, 2014. The trial for the Livingston County case began on January 14, 2014, and after being convicted on the terrorism charge, Casteel was sentenced to 16 to 40 years in state prison.
|Muskegon||Norton Shores||0.000||0.000||1|| US 31 / LMCT south / Airline Road – Grand Haven, Ludington
BUS US 31 north / LMCT north – Downtown Muskegon
|Western terminus and signed as exits 1A (south) and 1B (north); freeway continues west as BUS US 31; US 31 exit 110|
|Fruitport Township||0.293||0.472||1C||Hile Road||Eastbound exit and entrance only; westbound access is at exit 1A|
|3.517||5.660||4||Airline Road – Fruitport|
|5.100||8.208||5||Fruitport Road – Fruitport||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|Ottawa||Crockery Township||9||M‑104 – Grand Haven, Spring Lake||Exit opened late 2013; eastbound exit and westbound entrance connecting to 120th Avenue (future M-231)|
|9.292||14.954||9||M‑104 – Grand Haven, Spring Lake||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; exit originally had directional access (eastbound to eastbound and westbound to westbound) only, with eastbound exit (signed as B-31, Nunica) and westbound entrance removed in 2013; eastern terminus of M-104|
|10.081||16.224||10||B-31 – Nunica||Converted from westbound exit and eastbound entrance to full interchange in late 2013|
|Coopersville||15.991||25.735||16|| B-35 – Coopersville, Eastmanville
Emergency US 31
|Eastern end of concurrency with Emergency US 31, which runs along B-35 (68th Avenue) from I-96 in Coopersville to M-45 in Allendale; westbound entrance via Randall Avenue|
|Wright Township||22.805||36.701||23||Marne||Eastbound access via Jackson Street; westbound access via Franklin Street|
|Tallmadge Township||23.939||38.526||24||M‑11 – Walker, Grandville||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; western terminus of M-11|
|24.215||38.970||25||8th Avenue, 4 Mile Road||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; westbound access to M-11|
|Kent||Walker||26.430||42.535||26||Fruit Ridge Avenue|
|30.295||48.755||30||M‑37 north (Alpine Avenue) – Newaygo||Western end of M-37 concurrency; signed as exits 30A (south) and 30B (north) westbound|
|31||US 131 (I-296 south) – Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Big Rapids, Cadillac||Signed as exits 31A (south) and 31B (north); northern terminus of unsigned I-296|
CONN M‑44 north (Plainfield Avenue)
|Southern terminus of CONN M-44|
|37.073||59.663||37||I‑196 (Gerald R. Ford Freeway) – Downtown Grand Rapids, Holland||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; eastern terminus of I-196|
|37.801||60.835||38||M‑37 south / M‑44 (East Belt Line Avenue) to M‑21||Eastern end of M-37 concurrency|
|Grand Rapids Township||38.687–
|39||M‑21 – Lowell, Flint||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance from westbound M-21 only|
|40.014||64.396||40||Cascade Road – Cascade||Signed as exits 40A (west) and 40B (east); former US 16|
|Cascade Township||42.986||69.179||43||M‑11 west (28th Street) – Cascade||Signed as exits 43A (west) and 43B (east); eastern terminus of M-11|
|44||36th Street||Signed as access to Gerald R. Ford International Airport|
|46||M‑6 west to M‑37 – Holland||Eastern terminus of M-6|
|Lowell Township||52.303||84.174||52||M‑50 east – Charlotte, Lowell||Western terminus of M-50|
|Ionia||Boston Township||58.912||94.810||59||Saranac, Clarksville||Saranac signed eastbound only|
|Berlin Township||64.429||103.688||64||Saranac, Lake Odessa||Saranac signed westbound only|
|67.427||108.513||67||M‑66 – Ionia, Battle Creek|
|Orange Township||73.291||117.950||73||Portland Road, Grand River Avenue – Lyons, Muir||Portland Road signed eastbound only; Lyons and Muir signed westbound only|
|77.493||124.713||77||Grand River Avenue – Portland||Former BS I-96; Portland signed westbound only|
|Eagle Township||86.273||138.843||86||M‑100 south (Wright Road) – Grand Ledge||Northern terminus of M-100|
|Watertown Township||89.670||144.310||89||I‑69 east – Flint||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|90.040||144.905||90||BL I‑96 east (Grand River Avenue)|
|90.466||145.591||91||I‑69 east – Flint||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; western end of I-69 concurrency|
|Eaton||Delta Township||93.118||149.859||93||M‑43 / BL I‑69 east (Saginaw Highway) – Grand Ledge||Signed as exits 93A (west) and 93B (east)|
|95||I‑496 east – Downtown Lansing||Western terminus of I-496|
|97||I‑69 south – Charlotte, Fort Wayne||Eastern end of I-69 concurrency|
|98||Lansing Road||Signed as exits 98A (south) and 98B (north); former US 27|
|Ingham||Lansing||101.425||163.228||101||M‑99 (M L King Boulevard) – Eaton Rapids|
|104||BL I‑96 west (Cedar Street) – Holt||Indirect access to Cedar Street, requires exiting onto a trumpet interchange with Edgewood Boulevard|
|106||I‑496 west / US 127 – Jackson, East Lansing, Downtown Lansing||Signed as exits 106A (south) and 106B (north); eastern terminus of I-496|
|Alaiedon Township||109.732||176.597||110||Okemos, Mason|
|Wheatfield Township||117.504||189.104||117||Dansville, Williamston||Signed as exits 117A (Dansville) and 117B (Williamston) eastbound|
|Webberville||121.914||196.202||122||M‑43 / M‑52 – Webberville, Stockbridge||Eastern terminus of M-43|
|Howell Township||133.305||214.534||133||M‑59 / BL I‑96 east (Highland Road) – Howell, Pontiac||Western terminus of BL I-96 and M-59; signage eastbound omits Highland Road; signage westbound omits BL I-96, Howell, and Pontiac|
|Howell||136.799||220.157||137||D-19 – Howell, Pinckney|
|Genoa Township||140.113||225.490||140||Latson Road||Announced on July 19, 2012 and opened December 2, 2013|
|141.218||227.268||141||BL I‑96 west – Howell||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance from eastbound Grand River only; eastern terminus of BL I-96|
|Brighton||145.130||233.564||145||Grand River Avenue – Brighton||Signage westbound omits Brighton|
|Brighton Township||146.768||236.200||147||Spencer Road – Brighton||Spencer Road signed eastbound only; Brighton signed westbound only|
|148||US 23 – Ann Arbor, Flint||Signed as exits 148A (south) and 148B (north)|
|149.458||240.529||150||Pleasant Valley Road||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|Oakland||Lyon Township||152.887||246.048||153||Kent Lake Road – South Lyon||Only South Lyon signed eastbound|
|154.900||249.287||155||New Hudson, Milford||Signed as exits 155A (New Hudson) and 155B (Milford) westbound|
|160||Beck Road – Novi|
|162.413||261.378||162||Walled Lake, Novi, Northville||Northville signed eastbound only; Walled Lake signed westbound only|
|163.381||262.936||163|| I‑696 east (Reuther Freeway) – Port Huron
M‑5 east / Grand River Avenue
|Northern end of I-275 concurrency; eastbound exit and westbound entrance; western terminus of I-696|
|163.818||263.640||164||M‑5 north / 12 Mile Road||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|Farmington Hills||164.964||265.484||165|| I‑696 east (Reuther Freeway) – Port Huron
M‑5 / Grand River Avenue
|Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|Farmington Hills–Livonia city line||167.383||269.377||167||8 Mile Road – Northville|
|Wayne||Livonia||168.440||271.078||169||7 Mile Road||Signed as exits 169A (west) and 169B (east) westbound|
|169.438||272.684||170||6 Mile Road|
|173|| I‑275 south – Toledo
M‑14 west – Ann Arbor
|Southern end of I-275 concurrency; no exit number eastbound, exit 30 on I-275 northbound; eastern terminus of M-14|
|Livonia||172.365||277.395||173||Newburgh Road, Levan Road||Signed as exits 173A (Newburgh Road) and 173B (Levan Road) westbound|
|176.374||283.846||176||Middle Belt Road|
|Redford Township||177.372||285.453||177||Inkster Road|
|179||US 24 (Telegraph Road)|
|180.465||290.430||Western end of express lanes|
|183||M‑39 (Southfield Freeway)||Additional westbound exit and eastbound entrance on the express lanes|
|185||Schaefer Highway, Grand River Avenue (M-5 north)|
|186B||Davison Avenue (M-8)||Western terminus of M-8; no exits to westbound Davison Avenue or entrances from eastbound Davison Avenue|
|186.362||299.921||Eastern end of express lanes|
|186.996||300.941||187||Grand River Avenue||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|188||Livernois Avenue, West Chicago Avenue, Joy Road||Signed as exits 188A (Livernois Avenue, West Chicago Avenue) and 188B (Joy Road) westbound|
|189||Tireman Avenue, West Grand Boulevard|
|190A||I‑94 (Edsel Ford Freeway) – Port Huron, Chicago|
|191||US 12 (Michigan Avenue) / M L King Jr. Boulevard|
|190.933||307.277||—|| I‑75 north (Fisher Freeway) – Flint
M‑10 (Lodge Freeway) – Civic Center
|Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|191.466||308.135||192A||Vernor Highway||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|191.966||308.939||192B||Bridge to Canada||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|192.032||309.046||—||I‑75 south (Fisher Freeway) – Toledo||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
I-96 has four related, auxiliary Interstate highways that connect the main freeway to downtowns and other cities. I-196 is a relatively long freeway spur, beginning at I-96 east of downtown Grand Rapids and heading west through downtown to Holland, and then south to I-94 near Benton Harbor. The unsigned I-296 connects I-96 north of downtown Grand Rapids with I-196 in downtown, and is signed as US 131. I-496 is a loop through downtown Lansing, which I-96 bypasses to the south, and I-696 is a northern bypass of Detroit, connecting I-96 in Novi with I-75 in Royal Oak and I-94 in St. Clair Shores.
I-96 presently has two business loops: one through Lansing and one through Howell. Both follow the old route of US 16, with appropriate connections to I-96. A spur into Muskegon once existed, running concurrently with part of BUS US 31 along former US 16, but it has been eliminated. Two routes in the Detroit area—a loop through Farmington and a spur into Detroit—both using Grand River Avenue, and meeting at the temporary end of I-96 near Purdue Avenue, were eliminated when I-96 was moved to the completed Jeffries Freeway in 1977. On October 31, 2007, a spur into Portland was decommissioned and transferred to the City of Portland.
|Length:||1.289 mi (2.074 km)|
|Existed:||September 18, 1978–October 31, 2007|
Business Spur Interstate 96 (BS I-96) was a business spur of I-96 through the city of Portland. The western terminus was at the corner of Grand River Avenue and Kent Street in downtown Portland, and its eastern terminus was at exit 77 south of the city. The routing followed Grand River Avenue, the former routing of US 16 through downtown. This section of US 16 was decommissioned on March 7, 1960. It would remain under local control until the first quarter-mile (0.4 km) section was transferred to state control on September 18, 1978. The route was first marked on state highway maps in 1982 along the full mile and a quarter (2.0 km). It was transferred back to local control on October 31, 2007.
|Length:||10.259 mi (16.510 km)|
Business Loop Interstate 96 (BL I-96) is a business loop of I-96 through the city of Lansing. The western terminus is at I-96's exit 90 northwest of Lansing near the I-96/I-69 junction, and its eastern terminus is at exit 104 south of the city.
With the completion of I-96 in between Lansing and Brighton, US 16 was decommissioned in Michigan in 1962. The former routing of US 16 in Lansing was redesignated as BL I-96. From exit 90 on I-96, BL I-96 follows the Grand River Avenue routing of the former US 16 southeasterly to the former US 27 on Larch Street. There, BL I-96 joined US 27 along a one-way pairing of Larch and Cedar streets. Where US 27 turned to join M-78 at Main Street, BL I-96 continued along US 127 along Cedar Street to terminate at I-96 south of the city at exit 104. In 1963, BL I-96 was rerouted onto the first portion of the I-496 freeway to be constructed southeast of the city. This rerouting would last until 1966 when it was transferred back to the original routing with the completion of the US 127 freeway between Lansing and Mason. BL I-96 was rerouted along M-43/BUS M-78 to the I-496/M-78 freeway and back to I-96 at exit 106. Once the US 127 freeway was completed, BL I-96 was rerouted back along the then former US 127 routing to I-96.
|Clinton||Watertown Township||0.000||0.000||I‑96 – Grand Rapids, Detroit||Exit 90 on I-96|
|North Street east
Cedar Street north
|Interchange where BL I-96 transitions between North and Cedar/Larch streets; Cedar Street is a former routing of US 27|
|4.194||6.750||BL I‑69 (Oakland Avenue) / M‑43 west||Oakland Avenue is a one-way street westbound|
|4.393||7.070||BL I‑69 (Saginaw Avenue) / M‑43 east||Saginaw Avenue is a one-way street eastbound|
|4.893||7.875||Capitol Loop west (Michigan Avenue)||Northern end of Capitol Loop concurrency|
Capitol Loop west
|Southern end of Capitol Loop concurrency and eastern terminus of the Capitol Loop; exit 7 on I-496|
|I‑96 – Grand Rapids, Detroit||Exit 104 on I-96; indirect access via trumpet interchange|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
|Length:||7.803 mi (12.558 km)|
Business Loop Interstate 96 (BL I-96) is a business loop of I-96 through the city of Howell, located between Detroit and Lansing. The western terminus is at the M-59 junction with I-96 northwest of Howell, and its eastern terminus is at exit 141 east of the city. This highway follows the original route of US 16 though downtown Howell. In 1962, I-96 was completed between Lansing and Brighton, and US 16 was decommissioned in Michigan. At the time, a new limited-access connector road was constructed between I-96 and Grand River Avenue, providing access for the business loop and M-59 to I-96.
The entire highway is in Livingston County.
|Howell Township||0.00||0.00|| I‑96 – Lansing, Detroit
|Western end of M-59 concurrency; exit 133 on I-96|
|1.004||1.616||M‑59 east (Highland Road) – Pontiac||Eastern end of M-59 concurrency|
|Howell||3.645||5.866||M‑155 south (Michigan Avenue)||Northern terminus of the unsigned M-155|
|7.803||12.558||I‑96 east – Detroit||Westbound entrance and eastbound exit; exit 141 on I-96|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
|Length:||4.129 mi (6.645 km)|
Old Business Loop I-96 (OLD BL I-96) was a former business loop of I-96, and is now a 4.129-mile-long (6.645 km) segment of unsigned state trunkline along Grand River Avenue through the city of Farmington. Its western terminus is at the junction of M-5 and Grand River Avenue west of the city, and the eastern terminus is at the intersection between M-5 and Grand River Avenue southeast of Farmington. This highway was the original route of US 16 though downtown Farmington. In 1933, US 16 was routed onto a bypass route which had been constructed south of the city (the present-day Freedom Road) and the route through Farmington was retained as state trunkline. In 1956, a new bypass freeway was built just to the south of the old bypass as part of the Brighton–Farmington Expressway and the route through downtown was designated Business US 16.
The original plans for I-96 called for it to replace US 16 and to run parallel to Grand River Avenue all the way from Farmington into downtown Detroit. In 1959, the Farmington bypass freeway was given the I-96 designation in addition to the US 16 moniker, and the business route was redesignated as BL I-96 two years later. In 1977, as the Jeffries Freeway was completed, I-96 was rerouted south through Livonia and then east into Detroit, the portion of freeway bypassing Farmington was redesignated M-102. Simultaneously, the BL I-96 designation through downtown Farmington was removed, and Grand River Avenue became an unsigned state trunkline, a status it has retained to this day.
|Length:||7.083 mi (11.399 km)|
Sometimes referred to as Old Business Spur I-96 (OLD BS I-96), the section of Grand River Avenue in Detroit between I-96 and the intersection with Cass Avenue and Middle Street in downtown Detroit is an unsigned state trunkline. The section of highway had previously been part of US 16. When US 16 was decommissioned in 1962, Grand River Avenue was designated as BS I-96. Upon completion of I-96 (Jeffries Freeway) in Detroit in 1977, portions were re-designated as M-102 and M-5. From I-96 southeast into downtown Detroit, Grand River Avenue remained under state control as an unsigned state trunkline. In 2004, the state transferred several blocks at the eastern end of Grand River Avenue to the City of Detroit. State trunkline control now ends at the corner of Grand River Avenue, Middle Street, and Cass Avenue.
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- Geographic data related to I-96 at OpenStreetMap
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- I-96 at Michigan Highway Ends
- I-96 at AARoad's Interstate Guide
- I-96 at AARoads
- Business routes
- Former BS I-96 in Portland at Michigan Highways
- BL I-96 in Lansing at Michigan Highways
- BL I-96 in Howell at Michigan Highways