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M-106 (Michigan highway)

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M-106
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
Location
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]

History[edit]

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 mi[3] km Destinations Notes
Jackson Jackson 0.000 0.000
BL I-94 / Bus. US 127 / M-50 (Michigan Avenue)
Blackman Township 1.638–
1.645
2.636–
2.647
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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Michigan State Highway Department (May 1, 1928). Official Highway Service Map (Map). Scale not given. Lansing: Michigan State Highway Department. 
  2. ^ a b Michigan Department of Transportation (2015). Pure Michigan: State Transportation Map (Map). 1 in≈15 mi / 1 cm≈9 km. Lansing: Michigan Department of Transportation. 
  3. ^ a b Michigan Department of Transportation & Michigan Center for Shared Solutions and Technology Partnerships (2009). MDOT Physical Reference Finder Application (Map). Michigan Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Michigan Department of Transportation (2012). Pure Michigan: State Transportation Map (Map). 1 in≈15 mi / 1 cm≈9 km. Lansing: Michigan Department of Transportation. §§ M11–M12. OCLC 794857350. 
  5. ^ a b Google (June 7, 2012). "Overview Map of M-106" (Map). Google Maps. Google. 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). National Highway System: Jackson Urbanized Area (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Lansing: Michigan Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  8. ^ Natzke, Stefan; Neathery, Mike & Adderly, Kevin (June 20, 2012). "What is the National Highway System?". National Highway System. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  9. ^ Michigan State Highway Department & H.M. Gousha (November 1, 1930). Official Highway Service Map (Map). Scale not given. Lansing: Michigan State Highway Department. 
  10. ^ Michigan State Highway Department & Rand McNally (May 15, 1931). Official Highway Service Map (Map). Scale not given. Lansing: Michigan State Highway Department. 
  11. ^ Michigan Department of State Highways (1967). Official Highway Map (Map). Scale not given. Lansing: Michigan Department of State Highways. Jackson inset. 
  12. ^ Michigan Department of State Highways (1968). Official Highway Map (Map). Scale not given. Lansing: Michigan Department of State Highways. Jackson inset. 
  13. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (2004). Official Department of Transportation Map (Map) (2003–04 ed.). 1 in≈3 mi / 1 cm≈2 km. Lansing: Michigan Department of Transportation. Jackson inset. OCLC 53197160. 
  14. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (2005). Truck Operator's Map (Map). 1 in≈3.5 mi / 1 cm≈2 km. Lansing: Michigan Department of Transportation. Jackson inset. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing

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