M-143 (Michigan highway)

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M-143 marker

Michigan Avenue
M-143 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MDOT
Length: 0.936 mi[3] (1.506 km)
Existed: 1962[1][2] – present
Major junctions
West end: LansingEast Lansing city line
East end: M‑43 in East Lansing
Counties: Ingham
Highway system
M‑142 M‑144

M-143, also known as Michigan Avenue, is a previously unsigned spur state trunkline highway in the south central region of the US state of Michigan. The M-143 portion of Michigan Avenue runs from the East Lansing city limit to a junction with M-43 at Grand River Avenue. This highway is the second time that there has been an M-143 in Michigan. The first was a connection to the original Cheboygan State Park. The current is a remnant of M-43 in the Lansing area.

Route description[edit]

Eastbound M-143 begins at the East Lansing–Lansing border

Michigan Avenue travels through the Greater Lansing area on an east–west axis which runs through the Capitol Building in downtown Lansing. While disconnected between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Capitol Avenue in the downtown area, the eastern portion of Michigan Avenue begins at the Capitol and runs easterly, ending in downtown East Lansing. For much of its length in the City of Lansing, Michigan Avenue is a five-lane thoroughfare maintained by the city. Just west of US Highway 127 (US 127), the street transitions into a six-lane boulevard and proceeds easterly to the East Lansing city limit. From that point easterly for about a mile (1.6 km) to M-43 at Grand River Avenue in downtown East Lansing, Michigan Avenue is state-maintained as a four- to six-lane boulevard designated M-143. Michigan Avenue here is the northern boundary of the main campus of Michigan State University near the Red Cedar River. This highway designation was not signed on Michigan Avenue for a number of years, even though the street was under the control of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).[4][5] In 2011, MDOT's traffic surveys showed that on average, between 19,503 and 20,308 vehicles used the trunkline daily.[6] No section of M-143 is listed on the National Highway System,[7] a network of roads important to the country's economy, defense, and mobility.[8]


Previous designation[edit]

The first usage of M-143 was designated from US 27 (now M-27) south of Cheboygan eastward for about a mile on Lincoln Avenue to the original Cheboygan State Park in 1931.[9] The park was removed from the state park system during World War II.[10] The highway along Lincoln Avenue was transferred back to local control in late 1960.[11]

Current designation[edit]

In late 1962, US 16 was decommissioned in the state of Michigan as Interstate 96 (I-96) was completed. With the removal of US 16, several highways were rerouted through Lansing. M-43 was rerouted along M-78 to Grand River Avenue and then along Grand River Avenue to replace US 16 east to Webberville. The former M-43 on Michigan Avenue east of Cedar and Larch streets was redesignated M-143.[1][2]

As part of the creation of the Capitol Loop, M-143 and Michigan Avenue in Lansing was partially transferred back to local control. The section between Cedar and Larch streets was retained as part of the new Capitol Loop and the remainder inside the city of Lansing was removed from the state trunkline highway system on October 13, 1989.[12] At the time, M-143 in the City of East Lansing was not transferred, and MDOT removed the signage, creating an unsigned trunkline.[13]

Since then, MDOT has used the trunkline's designation on maps and in brochures related to a 2013 reconstruction project on Michigan Avenue in East Lansing.[14][15] Signage has also been erected,[16] and the highway has been restored to the official state map in 2013.[17][18]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire highway is in Ingham County.

Location Mile[3] km Destinations Notes
LansingEast Lansing city line 0.000 0.000 Highland Street Western terminus on the city line
East Lansing 0.936 1.506 M‑43 (Grand River Avenue)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Michigan State Highway Department (1962). Official Highway Map (Map). Section L11.
  2. ^ a b Michigan State Highway Department (1963). Official Highway Map (Map). Section L11.
  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 October 3, 2010.
  4. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (2010). Truck Operators Map (Map). Section Lansing.
  5. ^ Google, Inc. "Lansing, Michigan". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Lansing,+MI&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=64.409204,59.589844&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Lansing,+Ingham,+Michigan&ll=42.732513,-84.542027&spn=0.119155,0.116386&z=13. Retrieved October 3, 2010.
  6. ^ Bureau of Transportation Planning (2008). "Traffic Monitoring Information System". Michigan Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 30, 2012. 
  7. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (2005) (PDF). National Highway System: Lansing Urbanized Area (Map). Cartography by MDOT. http://www.michigan.gov/documents/MDOT_NHS_Lansing_150617_7.pdf. Retrieved January 1, 2011.
  8. ^ Adderley, Kevin (August 26, 2010). "The National Highway System". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved January 1, 2011. 
  9. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (July 1, 1931). Official Michigan Highway Map (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally. Section E11.
  10. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (October 1, 1945). Official Highway Map of Michigan (Map). Section E11.
  11. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (1960). Official Highway Map (Map). Section E11. (Includes all changes through July 1, 1960)
  12. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (August 29, 2007) (PDF). Right of Way Map for Ingham County, Sheets 126–130, 180 (Map).
  13. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (1990). Truck Operator's Map (Map). Lansing inset.
  14. ^ Lansing Transportation Service Center. "M-43 (Grand River Avenue) / M-143 (Michigan Avenue) in East Lansing". Road & Bridge Projects. Michigan Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  15. ^ MDOT Graphic Design & Mapping Unit (2013). M-43 (Grand River Avenue), M-143 (Michigan Avenue), Resurfacing and Intersection Improvements, East Lansing, Construction and Motorist Information, March–October 2013 (PDF) (Pamphlet). Michigan Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  16. ^ University Region Staff (2013). M-143 Reassurance Marker at Lansing–East Lansing city line. East Lansing, MI: Michigan Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  17. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (2012). State Transportation Map (Map). 1 in:3.5 mi / 1 cm:2 km. Lansing inset.
  18. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (2013). State Transportation Map (Map). 1 in:3.5 mi / 1 cm:2 km. Lansing inset.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  • M-143 at Michigan Highways