U.S. Route 127 in Michigan

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This article is about the section of highway in Michigan. For the entire length of highway, see U.S. Route 127.

US Highway 127 marker

US Highway 127
Route information
Maintained by MDOT
Length: 212.168 mi[3] (341.451 km)
Existed: November 11, 1926[1][2] – present
Major junctions
South end: US 127 near Prattville
 

US 223 near Somerset
US 12 near Somerset
I‑94 in Jackson
I‑96 / I‑496 in Lansing
I‑496 in Lansing
I‑69 near East Lansing

US 10 near Clare
North end: I‑75 near Grayling
Location
Counties: Lenawee, Hillsdale, Jackson, Ingham, Clinton, Gratiot, Isabella, Clare, Roscommon, Crawford
Highway system
M‑126 M‑129

US Highway 127 (US 127) is a part of the United States Numbered Highway System that runs from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to the Lower Peninsula of the US state of Michigan. In Michigan, it is a state trunkline highway that runs for 214.12 miles (344.59 km), entering from Ohio south of Hudson and ending at a partial interchange with I-75 south of Grayling. Prior to 2002, US 127 ended at I-69 north of East Lansing, a total of approximately 83 miles (134 km).

US 127 is the primary route connecting Lansing and Central Michigan to Northern Michigan and the Mackinac Bridge. From the south side of Jackson northerly, it is mostly a four-lane freeway, with posted speed limits of 70 miles per hour (113 km/h) for passenger cars, and 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) for trucks.

A notable exception is a 16-mile (26 km) stretch from north of St. Johns to just south of Ithaca, where access to the road is not limited and speeds are restricted to 65 miles per hour (105 km/h) for passenger cars, 55 miles per hour (89 km/h) for trucks.[4]

Route description[edit]

US 127 enters Michigan as a two-lane highway south of Hudson following the course (with minor deviations) of the Michigan Meridian used to survey Michigan in the early 19th century. That stretch is called Meridian Road north to Jackson. From the state line north, US 127 follows the HillsdaleLenawee county line north to Hudson and curves east into Addison. North of Addison is the intersection with US 223 at the northern/western terminus of US 223, and about a mile (1.6 km) farther north, US 12 in rural northwest Lenawee County, east of Somerset. US 127 continues northward to the Jackson area where it becomes a full freeway along the east side of Jackson. When US 127 and I-94 meet on the city's northeast side, they join together westward before US 127 splits off northward. The US 127 freeway continues northward through Leslie and Mason to the Lansing area.[5]

US 127 through Lansing

In the Lansing area, US 127 follows the I-496/Ransom E. Olds Freeway around the city's east side north of I-96. Right near the Red Cedar River, just west of the Michigan State University campus, I-496 and US 127 separate as US 127 continues north and I-496 turns west. US 127 meets I-69 at the 1998–2002 terminus of the highway. From here north, US 127 follows the former US 27 north to Grayling.

The freeway ends just north of St. Johns. For a 16-mile (26 km) stretch north to just south of Ithaca, US 127 is a four-lane highway with cross-street traffic and driveway access to adjacent homes and businesses. While there are no immediate plans to convert this section to freeway, MDOT continues to purchase parcels for right-of-way to be used for future upgrades.[6]

MDOT has made several improvements to this stretch of roadway recently to improve safety and traffic flow. This includes the construction of an interchange at M-57 in 2000 in southern Gratiot County, replacing an accident-prone intersection.[7][8] In 2009, MDOT constructed median u-turn crossovers (also known as a "Michigan Left") at several intersections in northern Clinton County to remove cross-street traffic.[9] In April 2010, the MDOT raised speed limits for passenger cars on this non-freeway stretch to 65 miles per hour (105 km/h) from the previous 55 miles per hour (89 km/h).[4]

South of Ithaca, the highway becomes a freeway again for the remainder of its routing. US 127 crosses the Pine River in Alma and runs near the campus of Central Michigan University, crossing the Chippewa River in Mt. Pleasant. Mt. Pleasant is also home to the Saginaw Band of Chippewa Indians and their tribal reservation.[5]

There is a welcome center in the median of US 127/US 10 in Clare. US 127 continues north through the community of Harrison, county seat of Clare County. The freeway serves the resort areas of Houghton Lake and Higgins Lake in Roscommon County before ending 4 miles (6 km) south of Grayling at a partial interchange with I-75. Traffic along US 127 northbound has access to northbound I-75 and southbound traffic on I-75 can access US 127 southbound.[5]

History[edit]

US 127 debuted with the rest of the United States Numbered Highway System in 1926. This new designation replaced part or all of M-14, M-23, M-34 and M-80.[1][2][10] US 127 originally ran from the Toledo, Ohio area through Adrian to Jackson and Lansing. The southern end of US 127 was rerouted in 1930 from Somerset south to Hudson and on to Cincinnati, Ohio. The section of former US 127 between Somerset and Toledo became US 223.[11] The city of Mason was bypassed in 1954. The former route through town was designated BUS US 127 at the time.[12] The US 127 expressway was first started in 1957 with an extension south of Mason to Leslie.[13] A further extension to Jackson was opened in 1958.[14] By 1964 this expressway was converted to full freeway, complete with interchanges and the BUS US 127.[15] The US 127 freeway was extended north to the Lansing area by 1968. Near Lansing, it was routed along I-496 to the north side of Lansing and East Lansing to connect with US 27.[16] The last extension of US 127 for another 11 years was completed in 1973 when the freeway was completed north to DeWitt.[17] Two changes took place in the routing of US 127 in the 1980s as the I-69 freeway was completed. The northern Lansing bypass was completed in 1984[18] and I-69 was built through Clinton County in 1987.[19] These changes routed I-69 along a portion of US 127 near DeWitt and removed a TEMP I-69 routing from US 127 on the east side of Lansing. The opening of the St. Johns Bypass on August 31, 1998 shortened US 127 by almost 2 miles (3 km) while US 27 was routed along the I-69 freeway between exits 87 and 89 to connect with the new freeway northward.[20]

The Michigan Department of Transportation petitioned the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) for approval to remove US 27 from Michigan in 1999. This would remove the 88-mile (142 km) concurrency of I-69 and US 27 south of the Lansing area. MDOT proposed that US 127 be extended north over the former US 27 to Grayling. AASHTO approved this change on April 16, 1999[21] nearly tripling the highway from 83 miles (134 km) to 214 miles (344 km). The highway markers were changed over in 2002, converting US 27 and the BUS US 27 routes to US 127 and BUS US 127 routes.[22] In 2011, an extra lane was added to the northbound lanes of US 127 between Grand River Avenue at mile marker 78 up to Lake Lansing Road, at exit 79.[citation needed] In 2012, another extra northbound lane was added between the entrance ramp from I-496 and exit 78 at Saginaw Street.[23] In 2013 MDOT also added two auxiliary lanes for the southbound traffic; one between Lake Lansing Road (exit 79) and Saginaw Street/Grand River Avenue (exit 78), as well as between Saginaw Street and I-496 (exit 76).[24]

Future[edit]

I-73 (Future).svg

The original defined alignment of Interstate 73 (I-73) would have simply run along I-75 to Detroit.[25] However, the definition was amended in 1995 to have a branch along the US 223 corridor to south of Jackson and the US 127 corridor (formerly US 27 north of Lansing until 2002) north to I-75 near Grayling. From Grayling it would simply use I-75 to Sault Ste. Marie.[26] Except south of Jackson, where it is a two-lane road and a section of road north of Lansing where the freeway reverts to a divided highway, this is mostly a rural four-lane freeway.[5] MDOT included using the US 223 corridor as one of its three options to build I-73 in 2000. The others included using the US 127 corridor all the way into Ohio with a connection to the Ohio Turnpike or using US 127 south and a new freeway connection to US 223 at Adrian.[27] MDOT abandoned further study of I-73 after June 12, 2001, diverting remaining funding to safety improvement projects along the corridor.[28] The department stated there was a "lack of need" for sections of the proposed freeway, and the project website was closed down in 2002.[29] According to press reports in 2011, a group advocating on behalf of the freeway is working to revive the I-73 project in Michigan. According to an MDOT spokesman, "to my knowledge, we’re not taking that issue up again."[30] The Lenawee County Road Commission is not interested in the freeway, and according to the president of the Adrian Area Chamber of Commerce, "there seems to be little chance of having an I-73 link between Toledo and Jackson built in the foreseeable future."[30]

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile[3] km Exit Destinations Notes
HillsdaleLenawee county line WrightMedina township line 0.000 0.000 US 127 south – Bryan Ohio state line
Pittsford TownshipHudson line 10.245 16.488 M‑34 – Hudson
Hillsdale
No major junctions
Lenawee Woodstock Township 23.191 37.322 US 223 south – Adrian, Toledo Southern end of unsigned US 223 concurrency
24.055 38.713 US 12 – Coldwater, Ypsilanti Northern end of unsigned US 223 concurrency
Hillsdale
No major junctions
Jackson Summit Township 33.975 54.677 Southern end of freeway
34.379 55.328 34
BUS US 127 north / M‑50 – Jackson, Monroe
Leoni Township 36.229 58.305 36 South Street
37.531 60.400 38 Page Avenue
38.771 62.396 39 BL I‑94 (Michigan Avenue)
40.100–
40.110
64.535–
64.551
40 I‑94 east – Detroit Eastern end of I-94/US 127 concurrency; concurrency uses I-94 exit numbers, signed as exit 142 southbound
Blackman Charter Township 41.435 66.683 141 Elm Avenue
421.460 678.274 139 M‑106 (Cooper Street) – Stockbridge
43.660 70.264 138 I‑94 east – Chicago

BUS US 127 south / M‑50 – Jackson
Western end of I-94 concurrency; south end of M-50 concurrency; signed as exits 43A (east) and 43B (west) southbound
44.169 71.083 44 Springport Road, Shirley Drive Northbound access at Shirley Drive
45.041 72.486 45 Parnall Road Southbound interchange provides access to westbound M-50 via Clinton Way
45.425 73.104 46 M‑50 west – Eaton Rapids, Charlotte Northbound exit and southbound entrance; north end of M-50 concurrency
Rives Township 51.124 82.276 51 Berry Road – Rives Junction
Ingham Leslie 56.290 90.590 56 Bellevue Road – Leslie
Vevay Township 61.322 98.688 61 Barnes Road
Mason 64.430 103.690 64 Kipp Road – Mason
Vevay Township 66.326 106.741 66 M‑36 (Cedar Street) – Mason
Alaiedon Township 69.761 112.269 70 Holt Road – Holt
Delhi Charter Township 72.855–
79.922
117.249–
128.622
73 I‑96 – Grand Rapids, Detroit
I‑496
Signed as exits 73A (I-196 east, Detroit) and 73B (I-96 west, Grand Rapids); southern end of I-496 concurrency, concurrency uses I-496 exit numbers
Lansing 73.953 119.016 11 Jolly Road
76.103 122.476 9 Trowbridge Road Signed as exit 75 on southbound US 127
76.876 123.720 8 I‑496 - Downtown Lansing Northern end of I-496 concurrency; signed as exit 77 southbound
76.876 123.720 76 Kalamazoo Street, Michigan Avenue Northbound exit and southbound entrance
77.683–
77.734
125.019–
125.101
78 BL I‑69 / M‑43 (Grand River Avenue, Saginaw Street)
East Lansing 79.029 127.185 79 Lake Lansing Road
Clinton DeWitt Charter Township 82.229–
82.259
132.335–
132.383
82 I‑69 to I‑96 – Flint, Grand Rapids Signed as exits 82A (I-69 east, Flint) and 82B (I-69 west to I-96, Grand Rapids)
DeWittOlive township line 85.750 138.001 86 Round Lake Road – DeWitt
Olive Township 90.760 146.064 91
BUS US 127 (Price Road) – St. Johns
Bingham Township 95.780 154.143 96 M‑21 – Ionia, Owosso
99.230 159.695 99
BUS US 127 (OLD US 27) – St. Johns
Greenbush Township 100.115 161.119 Northern end of freeway; southern end of expressway
Gratiot Washington Township 109.365 176.006 109 M‑57 (Cleveland Avenue) – Greenville, Chesaning Partial cloverleaf interchange
North Star Township 115.733 186.254 Northern end of expressway; southern end of freeway
Ithaca 117.690 189.404 117
BUS US 127 (Washington Road) – Ithaca
Signed only as Washington Road southbound
Emerson Township 119.001 191.514 119
BUS US 127 (Polk Road) – Ithaca
Signed only as Polk Road northbound
EmersonBethany township line 123.026 197.991 123
BUS US 127 north (Lincoln Road) – Alma
Northbound exit and southbound entrance; southern terminus of business loop through Alma
BethanyPine River township line 123.346 198.506 124
BUS US 127 (State Road) – St. Louis
Southern terminus of business loop through St. Louis
Pine River Township 125.616 202.159 127A
BUS US 127 south / M‑46 – St. Louis
Northern terminus of business loop for St. Louis; signed as M-46 only northbound
126.986 204.364 127B
BUS US 127 (Alger Road) – Alma
Southbound exit and northbound entrance; northern terminus of business loop for Alma; no access from southbound US 127 to northbound Alger Road
Isabella Coe Township 134.997 217.257 135 Wright Avenue/Blanchard Road – Shepherd
Union Charter Township 139.270 224.133 139
BUS US 127 north – Mt. Pleasant
Northbound exit and southbound entrance
142.686 229.631 143 M‑20 (Pickard Street) – Big Rapids, Midland
144.123 231.943 144
BUS US 127 south – Mt. Pleasant
Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Rosebush 149.222 240.150 149 Rosebush Road – Rosebush
Vernon Township 156.131 251.268 156
BUS US 127 north to US 10 east – Clare
Northbound entrance and southbound exit; access to eastbound US 10 via BUS US 10
Clare Clare 158.041–
158.285
254.342–
254.735
158 US 10 east – Midland South end of US 10 concurrency; southbound exit and northbound entrance
159.760 257.109 160
BUS US 127 south / BUS US 10 east – Clare
Signed as Old 27 only southbound
159.884–
160.562
257.308–
258.399
Michigan Welcome Center
162.342 261.264 162 US 10 west to M‑115 – Reed City, Cadillac Northern end ofUS 10 concurrency
Hatton Township 167.803 270.053 168 Mannsiding Road – Lake George
Hayes Township 170.174 273.869 170
BUS US 127 / M‑61 – Harrison
Signed as M-61 only southbound
176.135 283.462 176
BUS US 127 – Harrison
Signed as Old 27 only northbound
Roscommon Roscommon Township 189.912 305.634 189 Snow Bowl Road
Houghton Lake Heights 194.528 313.062 194 M‑55 – Lake City, West Branch Signed as exits 194A (east) and 194B (west) southbound
Lyon Township 201.569 324.394 201 West Higgins Lake Road
Crawford Beaver Creek Township 206.249 331.926 206 Military Road, North Higgins Lake Road
211.692–
212.168
340.685–
341.451
I‑75 – Mackinac Bridge Exit 249 on I-75; northbound exit to I-75 northbound and southbound entrance from I-75 southbound
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Weingroff, Richard F. (January 9, 2009). "From Names to Numbers: The Origins of the US Numbered Highway System". Highway History. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved April 21, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Bureau of Public Roads (November 11, 1926). United States System of Highways Adopted for Uniform Marking by the American Association of State Highway Officials (Map). 1:7,000,000. Cartography by U.S. Geological Survey. OCLC 32889555. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth298433/m1/1/zoom/. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
  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 August 4, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Lounds, Sue (26 Mar 2010). "Speed Limit Increasing on US 127 North of St. Johns". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved November 19, 2013.  (subscription required)
  5. ^ a b c d Michigan Department of Transportation (2008). Official 2008 Department of Transportation Map (Map). 1 in:15 mi/1 cm:9 km. Section H10-N11.
  6. ^ Rook, Christine (July 12, 2009). "Finishing US 127 Still Has Support". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved July 13, 2009. [dead link]
  7. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (1999). Michigan Department of Transportation Map (Map). 1 in:14.5 mi/1 cm:9 km. Cartography by MDOT. Section K11.
  8. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (2000). Michigan Department of Transportation Map (Map). 1 in:14.5 mi/1 cm:9 km. Cartography by MDOT. Section K11.
  9. ^ Arend, Kari (April 29, 2009). "MDOT Begins Construction on US 127 North of St. Johns in Clinton County" (Press release). Michigan Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  10. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (July 1, 1919). State of Michigan (Map). Scale not given. Cartography by MSHD.
  11. ^ Automobile Legal Association (1930). "Route Log of State Highway Systems". Automobile Green Book (1930–31 edition ed.). Boston: Scarborough Motor Guide Co. pp. 45+. 
  12. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (April 1, 1954). State of Michigan (Map). Scale not given. Cartography by MSHD.
  13. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (April 1, 1957). State of Michigan (Map). Scale not given. Cartography by MSHD.
  14. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (July 1, 1958). State of Michigan (Map). Scale not given. Cartography by MSHD.
  15. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (1964). State of Michigan (Map). Scale not given. Cartography by MSHD.
  16. ^ Michigan Department of State Highways (1968). Official Highway Map (Map). Scale not given. Cartography by MDSH.
  17. ^ Michigan Department of State Highways (1973). Official Highway Map (Map). Scale not given. Cartography by MDSH.
  18. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (1984). Official Department of Transportation Map (Map). Cartography by MDOT.
  19. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (1987). Official Department of Transportation Map (Map).
  20. ^ Truscott, John (August 31, 1998). "Governor Engler Opens US 27 Freeway" (Press release). Michigan Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on December 23, 2007. Retrieved May 24, 2008. 
  21. ^ Zink, Ray (April 17, 1999) (PDF). Report of the Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering to the Standing Committee on Highways (Report). Little Rock, AR: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. http://route.transportation.org/Documents/1999-USRN_Cmte.pdf. Retrieved May 24, 2008.
  22. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (2002). Official 2002–03 Department of Transportation Map (Map). Cartography by MDOT.
  23. ^ Arend, Kari. "Work Begins Next Week on Northbound US 127 near Trowbridge Road" (Press release). Michigan Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  24. ^ "2012 Capital Investment Brochure" (PDF). Michigan Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991". U.S. Congress. December 18, 1991. Retrieved September 28, 2010. "§1105(c)(5) I-73/74 North-South Corridor from Charleston, South Carolina, through Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to Portsmouth, Ohio, to Cincinnati, Ohio, and Detroit, Michigan." 
  26. ^ "The National Highway System Designation Act of 1995". U.S. Congress. November 28, 1995. Retrieved September 28, 2010. "§1105(c)(5) I-73/74 North-South Corridor from Charleston, South Carolina, through Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to Portsmouth, Ohio, to Cincinnati, Ohio, to termini at Detroit, Michigan and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The Sault Ste. Marie terminus shall be reached via a corridor connecting Adrian, Jackson, Lansing, Mount Pleasant, and Grayling, Michigan." 
  27. ^ "Michigan Settles on 3 Options for I-73: State Still May Decide not to Build Highway". The Blade (Toledo, OH). December 14, 2000. p. B2. OCLC 12962717. Retrieved December 19, 2010. 
  28. ^ Stiles, Linda (June 13, 2001). "Funds for I-73 Instead Will Be Used to Repair Routes 127, 223". Jackson Citizen Patriot. p. A1. OCLC 9939307. 
  29. ^ Hickey, JoAnne (August 22, 2007). "South Takes the Lead: I-73 Will Push from South to North" (PDF). Marion Star & Mullins Enterprise (Marion, SC). p. 5A. OCLC 761993706. Archived from the original on May 8, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2011. 
  30. ^ a b Pelham, Dennis (July 16, 2011). "Group Seeks to Revive I-73 Interest in Michigan". The Daily Telegram (Adrian, MI). p. A8. OCLC 33972687. Archived from the original on May 8, 2012. Retrieved September 6, 2011. 

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