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Interstate 69

 

Routing

Interstate 69 connects the cities of Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Lansing, Flint, and Port Huron on a northeasterly direction. The freeway begins at the northeast corner of the Indianapolis Beltway (Interstate 465) and serves Northeastern Indiana. At Fort Wayne, Interstate 69 has its only three-digit "child" route, Interstate 469. Here, Interstate 69 follows the former route of U.S. 27 north to Lansing.

Crossing into Michigan, Interstate 69 heads north into Lansing, with business loops serving communities bypassed along old U.S. 27. Interstate 69 meets Interstate 94 once in south-central Michigan; they will join a few miles prior to their northeastern terminus. At Lansing, Interstate 69 changes directions: A sign once heralded that Northbound Interstate 69 becomes Eastbound Interstate 69 (this sign was removed by 2011). Heading almost due east, Interstate 69 crosses Interstate 75 at a nearly 90 degree angle, and then meets Interstate 94 a second time. Interstates 69 and 94 merge at Port Huron to enter Ontario, Canada near Sarnia.

On October 3, 2006, the first segment of new Interstate 69 opened to traffic between U.S. 61 north of Tunica and Interstate 55 north of Hernando, Mississippi. Interchanges on this new section of freeway are at U.S. 61, Mississippi 3, Mississippi 301, Fogg Road, Odom Road, and Interstate 55 / Future Interstate 269.5 More on Interstate 69 Mississippi including photos of the first new segment are available here. On May 6, 2008, the Interstate 69 designation was extended north on shared alignments with Interstate 55, Interstate 240, and Interstate 40 through Memphis, Tennessee, after approval by AASHTO. Signs in Tennessee however only refer to "Future Interstate 69".

The first stretch of Interstate 69 to open in southwest Indiana spurs north 1.77 miles from the cloverleaf interchange of Interstates 64 and former 164 to Indiana 68 at Wheatonville. This stretch replaced a surface routing of Indiana 57 and opened on October 1, 2009. A 67-mile extension of that short stretch, between Indiana 64 near Oakland City and U.S. 231 near Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center, opened to traffic at 6 pm EST on November 19, 2012. I-69 grew 20.70 miles further as it overtook the alignment of I-164 south to U.S. 41 as approved by AASHTO on October 21, 2013.

Kentucky gained its first stretch of Interstate 69 on October 18, 2011 when AASHTO approved the designation along the Western Kentucky Parkway between Interstate 24 and Pennyrile Parkway and the planned overlap of I-24 west to the Purchase Parkway. Signs were installed along the now Former Western Kentucky Parkway on that day, but not along the overlap with Interstate 24 as of summer 2012.

Interstate 69 started life in Texas along a 6.2 mile stretch of U.S. 77 freeway between Texas 44 at Robstown to Interstate 37 at Corpus Christi with an official dedication on December 5, 2011. This portion was reclassified as Interstate 69E at the May 5, 2013 Route Numbering Committee meeting of AASHTO, because of the branch split of I-69 south from I-37.

Additional stretches of Interstate 69 are pending based upon 2012 legislation Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) stating that "routes can be designated as part of the Interstate system if the route or a segment of the route meets current Interstate design standards and connects to, or is planned to connect to, an existing Interstate within 25 years." What this means is that sections of freeway that will eventually become part of a seamless Interstate 69 may receive shielding in advance, even if they are disjointed from the current designated mainline. For Texas, the next stretch of freeway reclassificed as I-69 was the 35-mile stretch of U.S. 59 freeway from IH 610 north to the Montgomery and Liberty County line. Signs began to appear along that roadway in September 2012. Additional stretches of Interstate 69 will apply to U.S. 59 from near Rosenburg northeast to the north junction with Interstate 610 at Houston and a stretch of U.S. 59 freeway at Texarkana.

South of Interstate 37, the Interstate 69 corridor includes more than one route, with portions of these signed starting on July 15, 2013. Included is Interstate 69E, which replaces a stretch of U.S. 77 from Brownsville to Raymondville; Interstate 69C, which supercedes 13.5 miles of U.S. 281 between Pharr and Edinburg and Interstate 2, which overlays U.S. 83 and connects I-69C and 69E in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

One of the first signs posted for Interstate 69 along the U.S. 59 freeway through Houston, Texas. Photo taken by Jeff Royston (09/27/12).

High Priority Corridor

Interstate 69 from Texas northeast to Michigan in its entirety is part of High Priority Corridor 18: NAFTA Superhighway. The section within Texas is also part of High Priority Corridor 20: U.S. 59 from Laredo to Texarkana.

Parallel/Historic U.S. Routes

The existing section of Interstate 69 northeast of Indianapolis largely does not follow any historic U.S. route, with the exception of the stretch between Fort Wayne and Lansing. This stretch was part of former U.S. 27.

History

When originally conceived, Interstate 69 was proposed to continue southwest into downtown Indianapolis along the Northeast Freeway. The planned route entailed an alignment along former Indiana 37 (now Binford Boulevard) southwest from I-465 to the North Split interchange of Interstates 65 and 70. However, this plan for a freeway connecting downtown with the northeast corner of the beltway was abandoned, both when considered as part of Interstate 69 and when considered as a route separate from Interstate 69 (Interstate 165).

In Michigan, the last section of Interstate 69 to open was the section from Charlotte to Lansing in 1992, replacing U.S. 27.4

Future Aspirations

Planned as a 1,250-mile extension southwest to Laredo, Texas, from Indianapolis southwest through Evansville, Memphis, Shreveport, and Houston, Interstate 69 is part of High Priority Corridors 18 and 20. These High Priority Corridors are in turn subdivided into "segments" for ease of reference in various environmental and planning documents. In addition, for detailed and up-to-date information, visit Chris Lawrence's excellent I-69 Info.com web page.

Texas

The entire corridor is described on the Alliance for I-69 Texas web site. Interstate 69 will have three branches so it can serve the border areas near Laredo and near Brownsville:

  • Victoria to Laredo via U.S. 59 (Interstate 69)
  • Rio Grande Valley via U.S. 281 (Interstate 69 Central)
  • Rio Grande Valley/Brownsville via U.S. 77 (Interstate 69 East) [6.2 miles of U.S. 77 freeway was upgraded to Interstate 69 between Robstown and Corpus Christi on December 5, 2011]

From that point near Victoria to Houston, Interstate 69 will directly overlay U.S. 59 (Segment 20, from Victoria to Texas 99). Interstate 69 may either bypass Houston via Texas 99, the Grand Parkway, or it will pass through the city via U.S. 59 (Segment 19). Interstate 69 would then use U.S. 59 to depart Houston to the northeast (Segment 18 - from Texas 99 to Lufkin). Interstate 69 will intersect U.S. 69, a situation that has already resulted in some confusion around Lufkin (where they will meet). From Lufkin, Interstate 69 will angle northeast to Nacogdoches via Segment 17, then continue northeast to Carthage and Panola via Segment 16. Interstate 69 would depart Texas via Segment 16 and connect to Segment 15 in Stonewall, Louisiana.

Project development for IH 69 in Nacogdoches County identifies a relief route on the west side of the city and reconstruction of 6.75 miles of U.S. 59 leading south from there. Further south in Angelina County, a relief route east of Lufkin and Diboll was identified for IH 369, but is currently unfunded.7

A spur freeway (Segment 29), designated Interstate 369, is proposed to follow U.S. 59 north past Carthage to Texarkana, while Interstate 69 will turn east into Louisiana (via Segment 16 - Nacogdoches to Stonewall, Louisiana). IH 369, approved by AASHTO on November 15, 2012, will reach its northern terminus at Interstate 30 in Texarkana via the U.S. 59 freeway on the west side of the city.

Louisiana

Interstate 69 will cross into Louisiana from Texas between U.S. 79 and U.S. 84 near Carthage, Texas, between Logansport and Bethany. Heading northeast, Interstate 69 will head toward Shreveport and Bossier City via Louisiana 525 (approximately), then angle roughly toward Haynesville before entering Arkansas via Arkansas 15. It is likely that Interstate 69 will stay south of Shreveport by avoiding Interstate 20 and crossing Interstate 49 south of Shreveport. For more on this segment, visit Segment 15 - Interstate 69 between Stonewall and Haughton and Segment 14 - Interstate 69 from Haughton to El Dorado.

Arkansas

Interstate 69 will enter Arkansas just southwest of El Dorado, parallel to U.S. 63-167. Segment 13 connects El Dorado with McGehee. See I-69 Section 13 General Information for more information and map. While the highway will generally parallel U.S. 63, it will utilize a new alignment.

Future Interstate 69 corridor signs appear in southeastern Arkansas. This assembly resides along U.S. 278 east, three miles byond the split with Arkansas 35 near Monticello. Photo taken 05/07/12.

Segment 12 connects McGehee with Benoit, Mississippi. Segment 12 includes a new Mississippi River crossing east of McGehee. Through Arkansas, Interstate 69 is likely to pass through Warren, Monticello, and Dumas, roughly paralleling U.S. 82 and U.S. 165. A connection to Interstate 530 is planned near Monticello (since Interstate 530 is considered part of the Interstate 69 corridor, it has been designated as Segment 28), and this will allow for a variation on the "Dickey Split" so that Interstate 69 has a direct freeway connection to Little Rock. Interstate 69 may also follow portions of U.S. 167, U.S. 63 (old Arkansas 15), and U.S. 278 (old Arkansas 4) between El Dorado and McGehee.

Mississippi

The Great River Bridge is the crossing Interstate 69 will take across the Mississippi River. Planned at Rosedale, Mississippi, as a compromise location between Mississippi and Arkansas, the bridge is being designed as a four-lane Interstate-grade bridge, contingent upon Interstate 69 being constructed to the bridge. After crossing the river, Interstate 69 will turn north along U.S. 61 toward Memphis. The section from U.S. 61 near Tunica to Interstate 55 south of Memphis opened on October 3, 2006; it is signed as Interstate 69.5 Interstate 69 is cosigned from the east end of the Tunica freeway spur, where Interstates 22 / 269 will tie in, northward along I-55 to the state line.

Tennessee

Through Memphis, the route will utilize Interstates 55, 40, and 240 to the Tennessee 300 freeway spur. This was the path recommended by the Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization and the City of Memphis. Meanwhile, alternate route Interstate 269 would bypass the city to the east via Mississippi 304 in DeSoto County and Tennessee 385 between Millington and Collierville. Future I-269 signs are posted along the completed stretches of Tennessee 385 leading north from Collierville to Arlington and west to Millington.

Since Interstate 69 would use existing highways to pass through Memphis (Segment 9), many upgrades to Interstate 55 and Interstate 240 are already planned and underway. Much of the route along Interstates 55 and 40 through Memphis slated for Interstate 69 signage were improved by 2010 to carry between six and eight lanes.

Interstate 69 will take Tennessee 300 northwest from Interstate 40 to U.S. 51, then parallel U.S. 51 to the west through to Covington. The freeway will overtake U.S. 51 across the Hatchee River before shifting east of U.S. 51 around Ripley and west of U.S. 51 again through to Interstate 155 & U.S. 412 at Dyersburg. This alignment may be viewed on the TDOT Segment 8 Map. From Dyersburg northeast to Union City and South Fulton (see Segment 7 Map), Interstate 69 will follow a new alignment that will connect directly to the Julian M. Carroll Purchase Parkway.3 In addition, the Tennessee 22 freeway is proposed to extend west to meet Interstate 69 and possibly become a spur route: Interstate 169.

Kentucky

Interstate 69 will continue along U.S. 51 north to the Julian M. Carroll Purchase Parkway connection at Fulton, Kentucky as part of Segment 6 (Fulton north to Eddyville). Interstate 69 will follow the Purchase Parkway until its end at Interstate 24. Between 1991 and 1999, it appeared as if Interstate 69 would be constructed on a new alignment from the parkway terminus northeast to Henderson, Kentucky. However, in May 1999, the state of Kentucky announced that Interstate 69 would follow the existing Wendell Ford/Western Kentucky Parkway and Breathitt/Pennyrile Parkway (Segment 5, from Eddyville to Nortonville, and Nortonville to Henderson). Future Interstate 69 signs were posted along these preexisting freeways and on October 18, 2011, 38 miles of Interstate 69 were made official by AASHTO approval for the stretch of Interstate 24 leading east from the Purchase Parkway to the Western Kentucky Parkway, and the WK Parkway east to the Pennyrile Parkway.

A project to add high speed ramps between the former Western Kentucky Parkway and Pennyrile Parkway for the Interstate 69 mainline will be let in late 2014. This work coincides with efforts to bring the Pennyrile Parkway up to Interstate standards, including a total rebuild of the Mortons Gap interchange, thus allowing I-69 shields to be placed northward through Madisonville to Henderson. Total cost for these projects is estimated at $146-million.8

Future Interstate 69 follows the Breathitt/Pennyrile Parkway north toward Henderson. The U.S. 41 bridges that connect Henderson and Evansville are not adequate, and new Ohio River crossing will be built for Interstate 69 to the east. The new alignment will bypass the city to the east and connect with Interstate 164 at Evansville, Indiana (as part of Segment 4, which carries Interstate 69 through Henderson then north into Evansville). 2011 cost estimates for the crossing and approaches have ballooned to $1.4-billion.2

For more on Segments 4, 5, and 6, visit the KYTC Interstate 69 home page.

Indiana

Once in southwestern Indiana, Interstate 69 overtakes former Interstate 164 north from U.S. 41 in south Evansville to Interstate 64. AASHTO approved a redesignation of I-164 to I-69 on October 21, 2013.

A 1.77-mile stretch of I-69 replaced Indiana 57 leading north from Interstate 64 and former 164 to Indiana 68 on October 1, 2009. Continuing north from there along new alignment, Interstate 69 serves Oakland City, Petersburg, Washington and Crane. Accelerated by INDOT's "Major Moves" initiative funded by the leasing of the Indiana Toll Road, the 67-mile stretch opened between SR 64 and U.S. 231 on November 19, 2012.

Planning for Interstate 69 north from U.S. 231 at Crane to Bloomington via controversial Segment 4 remains underway. Paralleling existing routes, Interstate 69 will follow Indiana 45 eastward to merge with Indiana 37 on the south side of Bloomington. Beyond Bloomington, Interstate 69 will follow Indiana 37 north to the Interstate 465 beltway. This routing is known is "Route 3-C." Groundbreaking for the first segment of the Interstate 69 extension to be built in Indiana was held during the week of July 14, 2008, in Gibson County.6.

Prior to the final route selection in January 2003, Interstate 69 was proposed to follow one of the following five possible routes:

  • Interstate 70 to U.S. 41 from Indianapolis to Evansville via Terre Haute
  • Interstate 70 or Indiana 37 to Indiana 67 to U.S. 41 via Indianapolis, Martinsville, Vincennes, and Evansville
  • Interstate 70 or Indiana 37 to Indiana 67 to Indiana 57 via Indianapolis, Martinsville, Switz City, and Evansville
  • Interstate 70 or Indiana 37 to Indiana 67 to connect to Indiana 57 via a new alignment via Indianapolis, Martinsville, Bloomington, Washington, Evansville
  • Indiana 37 to U.S. 50 to Indiana 57 via Indianapolis, Bloomington, Bedford, Washington, and Evansville

Much of the information regarding the Interstate 69 extension in Indiana was researched from The Indianapolis Star.

The new Interstate 69 will reconnect with existing Interstate 69 at Indianapolis via a shared alignment with Interstate 465 along the south and east sides of the city.

Exit numbers along the original Interstate 69 from Indianapolis (Interstate 465) northward to Michigan were renumbered in August-October 2012 to account for the additional mileage gained from the Evansville to Indianapolis stretch underway. To simplify things, INDOT increased all existing exit numbers by 200 while the actual mileage gain is estimated at 184 miles.

Highway Guides

Discussion

Southern Terminus - Interstate 465 - Indianapolis, Indiana
Perspective from Interstate 69 south
The one mile advisory sign to the end of Interstate 69 coincides with the Indianapolis control city. Indiana 37 continues south along Interstate 465 via Exit 200. Eventually I-69 will do the same to its eventual alignment southwest from the capital city to Evansville. Photo taken by Thomas Decker (02/06/12).
Reconfiguring of the Exit 200 ramp to Interstate 465 increased the lane total from two to three. The Interstate 69 mainline defaults onto Binford Boulevard (former Indiana 37) otherwise with two lanes. First photo taken by Thomas Decker (02/06/12).
Beyond the Exit 200 gore from Interstate 69 (and the Binford Boulevard connection), the split of the ramps to Interstate 465. Both ramps now carry two lanes onto the Indianapolis Beltway. Photo taken by Thomas Decker (02/06/12).
Travelers remaining along the ending Interstate 69 pass under Interstate 469 and see a Freeway Ends sign and a set of flashers. Binford Boulevard begins at a forthcoming traffic signal located at 75th Street. The boulevard constitutes a surface street with near-expressway standards southwest into downtown Indianapolis. Photo taken 10/16/04.
For additional photos see the Interstate 69 South - Madison, Hamilton & Marion Counties highway guide.
Perspective from Binford Boulevard north
North of 71st Street is the first exit sign for the oncoming freeway. Interstate 465 is one mile north of here. Photo taken by Brian Dowd (11/29/02).
The final stoplight of Binford Boulevard is for 75th Street; Interstate 69 commences ahead. Photo taken by Brian Dowd (11/29/02).
Just shy of the 200 mile-marker for Interstate 69 are these guide signs attached to the flyover ramp from Interstate 69/S.R. 37 southbound to Interstate 465 southbound supporting signs for the first two exits of Interstate 69: Interstate 465 east and 82nd Street. Photo taken by Brian Dowd (11/29/02).
The loop ramp onto Interstate 465 west is unnumbered from the beginning of Interstate 69 north. Photo taken by Brian Dowd (11/29/02).
Perspective from Interstate 465 north (outer loop)
This was the first in the series of Interstate 69 related signage, posted 1.75 miles south of Exit 37. The overhead was removed as Interstate 465 northbound was expanded to four lanes between May and November 2002. Note that the ramp was originally signed as Exit 37B, though Exit 37A was never constructed onto Binford Boulevard southbound. Photo taken by Brian Dowd (05/31/02).
Leaving the confluence with Shadeland Avenue along Interstate 465 northbound at Fall Creek. The directional-cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 69 & Indiana 37 north follows in 1.5 miles. Indiana 37 shares pavement with I-69 from I-465 to Fishers. Photo taken by Chris and Amber Lokken (04/07/08).
One mile out from the Interstate 69 northbound beginning along Interstate 465, U.S. 31-52-421 and Indiana 37 northbound. When Interstate 69 is extended south along the beltway to Bloomington, the upcoming interchange will represent the northbound split of Interstates 69 and 465. Photos taken by Chris and Amber Lokken (04/07/08).
Interstate 69 travels 22 miles northeast from Exit 37 to Anderson. Photo taken 07/31/09.
Two lanes carry motorists from Interstate 465 north onto Interstate 69 & Indiana 37 north to Fishers, Fort Wayne and Lansing, Michigan. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (07/31/09).
Perspective from Interstate 465 east (inner loop)
Two miles west of Interstate 69 & Indiana 37 north along Interstate 465 east (inner loop). Road work to widen the beltway through to the White River saw completion in 2011. Further widening and a reconstruction of Exit 37 with I-69 is planned during the 465/69 Northeast project. Photo taken Thomas Decker (12/17/11).
465/69 Northeast road work reconstructs Exit 35 with Allisonville Road into a single point urban interchange (SPUI) in 2012. Interstate 69 is the next exit. Photo taken Thomas Decker (12/17/11).
Presently a directional-cloverleaf interchange joins Interstates 465 and 65 at Exits 37A/B. 465/69 Northeast road work will drastically change this junction with the dition of a new high-speed flyover from I-465 east to I-69 north, with segregated movements between the Interstate 69 mainline and the nearby East 82nd Street interchange. This photo shows the original three lane mainline of I-465 east, a half mile out from the Binford Boulevard (former SR 37 south) off-ramp. Photo taken by Chris and Amber Lokken (06/23/08).
Eastbound Interstate 465 reaches Exit 37A, Binford Boulevard (former Indiana 37) south. When the state road was relocated from within the beltway in the late 1990s, its alignment was renamed Binford Boulevard.
Had Interstate 69 continued southwest along the planned Northeast Freeway, it would have followed the route of Binford Boulevard to Falls Creek Parkway. This was outlined on the 1968 Indianapolis Transportation Plan. Photo taken by Chris and Amber Lokken (06/23/08).
Immediately thereafter, eastbound Interstate 465 (inner loop) reaches Exit 37B, Junction Interstate 69 and Indiana 37 north to Fishers and Fort Wayne.
"Major Moves" focuses on a southwest extension of Interstate 69 from the capital city to Evansville, and over 80 miles of freeway will be open to traffic by the end of 2012, linking U.S. 231 near Crane with Interstates 64-164 near Evansville as new I-69. Interstate 69 will follow the beltway south and west to a new interchange west of SR 37 to make the trek south from Indy. Photo taken by Chris and Amber Lokken (06/23/08).
For additional photos from this perspective see the Interstate 465 Inner Loop (Speedway to Castleton) guide.
Orientation Change - Lansing, Michigan
Perspective from Interstate 69 north
Interstate 69 retains a north/south cardinal direction orientation along the overlap with Interstate 96 on the west side of Lansing. Signs are posted in order based upon the level of importance delineated by MDOT. Photo taken 11/05/11.
The northern split between Interstate 96 west and Interstate 69 north (which becomes east). Interstate 96 travels 55 miles to Grand Rapids as Interstate 69 straddles the north side of Lansing en route to Flint, 55 miles to the east. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (11/02).
Updated overheads posted at the Exit 91 three wye interchange between Interstates 69 and 96. Omitted from new signs is Exit 90 with Business Loop I-94, which follows Grand River Avenue east from the three wyes into Lansing. Photo taken 11/05/11.
Reassurance shield for Interstate 69 "North" after it departs from Interstate 96 west. This is an oddity as Interstate 69 is intended to carry east/west cardinal direction banners by this point. Photo taken 11/05/11.
Interstate 69 is finally labeled Interstate 69 East, one third mile or so after the merging of the ramp from Interstate 96 eastbound. Originally there was a sign here displaying "North 69 becomes East 69." Photo taken by Don Hargraves (11/02).
Interstate 69 North becomes Interstate 69 East just north of Lansing (sign mentioned in the above write-up). This sign came down by June 11, 2002. Additionally on the section of Interstate 96 westbound that is overlapped with Interstate 69 north, a new slew of signs for Interstate 69 were installed that refer to the freeway as East instead of North. Their are no advisories posted of the change of Interstate 69 westbound to that of southbound. The reassurance shields simply change banners from West to South.1 Photo by Eric Vander Yacht (05/01).
Interstate 69 westbound reassurance shield, posted before the six mile overlap with Interstate 96. Photo taken 11/05/11.
This stretch of roadway and reassurance shield represents the direction change of Interstate 69 from westbound to southbound. Interstate 96 has yet to merge as the eastbound lanes of it are parallel to Interstate 69's westbound lanes at this point. A sign originally was posted here that displayed "Interstate 69 west becomes Interstate 69 south." Photo taken by Don Hargraves (11/02).
Historic Eastern Terminus - Interstate 475 - Flint, Michigan
Perspective from Interstate 69 west
The historic westbound beginning of Interstate 69 at the point where Michigan 21 would have turned into Interstate 69 (Exit 136 now). Crossing bridges are ramps between Interstate 475 and 69. Photo taken 11/06/11.
Perspective from Interstate 69 east
An overpass near the intersection with Interstate 475. First, note where the I-beam marks are -- that's where a sign that had two Michigan 21 signs and the words "Lapeer" and "Port Huron" once hung. Second, the Interstate 475 sign to the right only had the word "Detroit" showing before 1984, as the portion north of Interstate 69 was not completed before 1984. Photo taken 11/06/09.
The historic eastbound ending of Interstate 69 at the point where Interstate 69 would have turned into Michigan 21. Crossing bridges are ramps between Interstate 475 and 69. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (11/02).
Perspective from Interstate 475 north
First sign of the interchange with Interstate 69 (now Exit 6). Until 1984, the sign would have also displayed Michigan 21, and to the left of the height sign was a sign that displayed "highway ends 3/4 mile." Photo taken by Don Hargraves (11/02).
The location where traffic from Interstate 475 south would have exited onto eastbound Interstate 69/Michigan 21 and westbound Michigan 21; now just Interstate 69. Before 1984, Court street would have been known as Michigan 56 and all traffic would have had to exit off at that road.
Interstate 475 north of Court Street was not open until 1984. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (11/02).
Perspective from Interstate 475 south
All traffic to Interstate 69 departs in unison from underneath the Court Street overpass via Exit 6 of Interstate 475 south. This stretch of Interstate 475 post dated the extension of Interstate 69 east to Port Huron. Photo taken 11/05/09.
Northern (Eastern) Terminus - International Border/Blue Water Bridge - Port Huron, Michigan
Perspective from Interstate 94 east
Eastbound Interstate 94 at Junction Interstate 69 West and Business Loop I-69 East in Port Huron. Interstates 69 and 94 merge for the final distance toward the Blue Water Bridge. Photo taken by Jim Teresco and Rob Foulis (06/27/01).
Perspective from Interstate 69 east
Traveling east on Interstate 69, the freeway prepares to split at the junction with Interstate 94. The first exit departs to Interstate 94 southwest to Detroit, while the next exit is junction Business Loop I-69. The business route travels east along Oak Street/Griswold Street couplet to Port Huron. The left lane connects Interstate 69 east to its shared alignment with Interstate 94 en route to Sarnia, Ontario. Photo taken by Jeff Morrison (06/25/07).
Perspective from Interstates 69-94 east
The final standalone exit along eastbound Interstates 69 and 94 is Exit 274, Water Street (using the exit numbering for Interstate 94). After this interchange, the freeway approaches its eastern terminus, where the freeway splits between the exit to Canada via the Blue Water Bridge or to Michigan 25 north to Port Austin.
A major reconstruction of Interstates 69 & 94 was underway in 2011 between Exit 274 and the Blue Water Bridge approach. The partial "Y" interchange to Lapeer Road (Business Loop I-69) was reconfigured into a diamond interchange to provide eastbound access. Photo taken by Jeff Morrison (07/01/07).
Approaching the off-ramp to M-25 (Pine Grove Avenue) along Interstates 69 & 94 east. A new bridge was constructed for the freeway over the Black River during 2011-12 construction and the forthcoming partial "Y" interchange to Pine Grove Avenue (former U.S. 25, decommissioned in 1972) was reconfigured to change the left-hand ramp to the right-hand side. The Blue Water Bridge provides connections to Ontario 402 and Sarnia. Photo taken by R. Bruce Telfeyan (07/24/04).
Eastbound Interstates 69 and 94 reached their joint eastern terminus at this interchange, where the freeway split between the Blue Water Bridge east and Michigan 25. This photo is historical in nature due to the redesign of the unnumbered exit to M-25 in 2011-12. Photo taken by Jeff Morrison (06/25/07).
Perspective from M-25/Pine Grove Avenue south
M-25 (Pine Grove Avenue) sees a loop ramp onto the Blue Water Bridge from juts north of Elmwood Street. The road that used to be U.S. 25 continues straight ahead; Michigan 25's end was signed a block behind the camera. Photo taken by Jeff Morrison (06/25/07).
Views of the Blue Water Bridge
The transition from Interstate 69-94 eastbound to the Blue Water Bridge is a maximum of three lanes in each direction, with lane signals to regulate flow and traffic control. This picture shows the eastbound transition from Interstate 69-94 onto the bridge. Photo by R. Bruce Telfeyan (07/24/04).
The Blue Water Bridge carries international traffic between the eastern end of Interstates 69 and 94 and the western end of Ontario Route 402. Photo by Eric Vander Yacht (05/01).
Interstates 69 and 94 terminate just prior to crossing the Blue Water Bridge near Port Huron. North of the Blue Water Bridge, there are no other crossings of the Great Lakes until reaching the Mackinac Bridge along Interstate 75 between Mackinaw City and St. Ignace. Photo by John Harmon (02/01).
The Blue Water Bridge connects directly to Ontario 402 and the city of Sarnia. Ontario 402 meets Ontario 401 near London, and Ontario 401 continues northeast toward Toronto and Montreal. Photo by Eric Vander Yacht (05/01).
Upon reaching the mid-point of the bridge, this marker indicates the actual boundary between the United States/Michigan and Canada/Ontario. This plaque was placed by the International Boundary Commission, and it is bilingual (English and French). Photo by R. Bruce Telfeyan (07/24/04).

Sources:

  1. Update courtesy Don Hargraves, email 06/11/02
  2. "Kentucky may see signs of I-69." Evansville Courier & Press, September 2, 2011.
  3. Tennessee DOT Official Interstate 69 Webpage (Segments 7, 8, and 9)
  4. "Interstate roads have shaped the future for many mid-Michigan communities," Lansing State Journal. July 23, 2006, By Christine Rook and featuring Michigan Highways creator Chris Bessert.
  5. "Road to Riches: DeSoto, region expected to reap major benefits of highway" by Wayne Risher, October 2, 2006, Memphis Commercial-Appeal
  6. "I-69 groundbreaking ceremony invitation-only," Evansville Courier & Press, July 3, 2008
  7. Alliance for I-69 Texas web site.
  8. "KYDOT District Engineer Presents Road Work Updates." SurfKY News Media. October 17, 2013.

Page Updated October 25, 2013.

 
Mileage

State Indiana
Mileage 157.30
Cities Indianapolis, Anderson, Muncie, Fort Wayne
Junctions Interstate 465, Interstate 469, Interstate 469, Interstate 80/90
State Michigan
Mileage 198.51*
Cities Coldwater, Battle Creek, Lansing, Flint, Port Huron
Junctions Interstate 94, Interstate 96, Interstate 496, Interstate 96, Future Interstate 73, Interstate 75, Interstate 475, Interstate 94
TOTAL 355.81
Source: October 31, 2002 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
* - 5.20 miles on I-96
Interstate 69 Annual Average Daily Traffic

State Location AADT Composite Year
Indiana Indianapolis 125,680 2002
Indiana Fort Wayne 58,490 2002
Indiana Jamestown 20,020 2002
Source: INDOT 2000 Annual Average Daily Traffic Volumes Map
Complete Interstate 69 AADT data.

 
Interstate 37 northbound reaches the north end of the first Texas segment of Interstate 69 posted. Photo taken by Jeff Royston (12/05/11).
 
Eastbound begin sign posted on the Interstate 69 leg from U.S. 61. Photo taken 06/02/10.
 
The first shield posted for Interstate 69 south along the Western Kentucky Parkway. Photo taken 11/07/11.
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