M-106 (Michigan highway)

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M-106 marker

M-106 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MDOT
Length: 27.041 mi[3] (43.518 km)
Existed: 1928[1][2] – present
Major junctions
South end:
BL I‑94 / BUS US 127 / M‑50 in Jackson

I‑94 / US 127 near Jackson

M‑52 in Stockbridge
North end: M‑36 in Gregory
Counties: Jackson, Ingham, Livingston
Highway system
M‑105 M‑107

M-106 is a state trunkline highway in the Lower Peninsula of the US state of Michigan in and near the city of Jackson. M-106 travels in a southwest-to-northeast direction from Jackson to Gregory at a junction with M-36 just a few miles northwest of Hell. The highway was first designated in 1928 running north out of downtown Jackson. It connected U.S. Highway 12 (US 12) to the state prison and Bunkerhill Road. A pair of changes in the early 1930s resulted in the extension eastward to Gregory. From the 1960s until the early years of the 21st century, a section of M-106 in downtown Jackson was routed along one-way streets.

Route description[edit]

M-106 starts in downtown Jackson at the corner of Cooper Street and Michigan Avenue. Michigan Avenue runs east–west carrying Business Loop Interstate 94 (BL I-94), Business US 127 (BUS US 127) and M-50, and Cooper Street runs northwesterly from here carrying M-106. The highway passes through residential neighborhoods immediately north of downtown, and turns due north near Jackson Catholic Middle School and the historic Michigan State Prison. Continuing a few miles north through an interchange with I-94 and US 127, M-106 runs north out of town. Cooper Street continues out of town, and the trunkline runs by the State Prison of Southern Michigan.[4][5]

North of the current prison, the highway curves to the northwest following Bunkerhill Road. Through this area, M-106 runs through farm fields and forests. The highway turns onto Plum Orchard Road near Batteese Lake and runs east into the community of Munith. M-106 merges onto Territorial Road east of the town before crossing the county line into Ingham County. South of Stockbridge, M-106 merges with M-52 and the two run concurrently into that community. M-106 turns east in the downtown area and continues along Morton Road into Livingston County. The highway ends at a junction with M-36 in Gregory.[4][5]

Intersection of M-106 (Plum Orchard Road) and Musbach Road, the boundary between Henrietta and Waterloo townships

M-106 is maintained by MDOT like other state highways in Michigan. As a part of these maintenance responsibilities, the department tracks the volume of traffic that uses the roadways under its jurisdiction. These volumes are expressed using a metric called annual average daily traffic, which is a statistical calculation of the average daily number of vehicles on a segment of roadway. MDOT's surveys in 2010 showed that the highest traffic levels along M-106 were the 15,474 vehicles daily south of I-94; the lowest counts were the 1,550 vehicles per day in near the M-36 junction.[6] The only section of M-106 has been listed on the National Highway System (NHS) is between M-50 and I-94 in Jackson.[7] The NHS is a network of roads important to the country's economy, defense, and mobility.[8]


M-106 was first designated in 1928 on a route that ran from US 12 (Michigan Avenue) along Cooper Street to Bunkerhill Road, a total of 4 12 miles (7.2 km).[1][2] This highway was extended north to Stockbridge in late 1930 or early 1931. A further realignment of M-36 resulted in the extension of M-106 to Gregory.[9][10] Cooper Street in Jackson was converted to one-way, southbound traffic in 1967. A northbound routing along Milwaukee Street was established. The south end of southbound M-106 was trimmed back to end at BL I-94/BUS US 127/M-50.[11][12] Two-way traffic was restored in 2004. M-106 was shifted to run only along Cooper Street (formerly Milwaukee Street), and Francis Street (formerly Cooper Street) is left as an unsigned trunkline.[13][14]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[3] km Destinations Notes
Jackson Jackson 0.000 0.000
BL I‑94 / BUS US 127 / M‑50 (Michigan Avenue)
Blackman Township 1.638–
I‑94 / US 127 – Battle Creek, Ann Arbor, Lansing Exit 139 on I-94/US 127
Ingham Stockbridge 20.620 33.185 M‑52 south – Adrian Southern end of M-52 concurrency
21.438 34.501 M‑52 north – Owosso Northern end of M-52 concurrency
Livingston Unadilla Township 26.925 43.332 D-32 east – Hell Western terminus of D-32
Gregory 27.041 43.518 M‑36 – Mason, Pinckney
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Michigan State Highway Department (May 1, 1928). Official Highway Service Map (Map). Cartography by MSHD.
  2. ^ a b Michigan State Highway Department (July 1, 1928). Official Highway Service Map (Map). Cartography by MSHD.
  3. ^ a b Michigan Department of Transportation (2009). MDOT Physical Reference Finder Application (Map). Cartography by Michigan Center for Geographic Information. http://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/prfinder/. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Michigan Department of Transportation (2012). State Transportation Map (Map). 1 in:15 mi / 1 cm:9 km. Section M11–M12.
  5. ^ a b Google Inc. "Overview Map of M-106". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=N+Cooper+St&daddr=M-106+N%2FMain+St&hl=en&sll=42.453988,-84.085557&sspn=0.015262,0.01457&geocode=FU6ohAIdxCX4-g%3BFcfihwIdkvn8-g&mra=ls&t=h&z=11. Retrieved June 7, 2012.
  6. ^ Bureau of Transportation Planning (2008). "Traffic Monitoring Information System". Michigan Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 23, 2012. 
  7. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (2005) (PDF). National Highway System: Jackson Urbanized Area (Map). http://www.michigan.gov/documents/MDOT_NHS_Jackson_150615_7.pdf. Retrieved January 1, 2012.
  8. ^ Adderly, Kevin (August 26, 2010). "The National Highway System". Planning, Environment & Realty. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved January 1, 2011. 
  9. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (November 1, 1930). Official Highway Service Map (Map). Cartography by H.M. Gousha.
  10. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (May 15, 1931). Official Highway Service Map (Map). Cartography by H.M. Gousha.
  11. ^ Michigan Department of State Highways (1967). Official Highway Map (Map). Jackson inset.
  12. ^ Michigan Department of State Highways (1968). Official Highway Map (Map). Jackson inset.
  13. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (2004). Official Department of Transportation Map (Map). 1 in:2.5 mi / 1 cm:1.75 km (2003–04 ed.). Jackson inset.
  14. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (2005). Truck Operator's Map (Map). 1 in:4.25 mi / 1 cm:2 km. Jackson inset.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  • M-106 at Michigan Highways
  • M-106 at Michigan Highway Ends