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Interstate 194 Michigan

 

Routing

Interstate 194 in Michigan, a short freeway spur, provides access from Interstate 94 to downtown Battle Creek. It is cosigned with M-66 for its entire length. Just like Interstate 194 in North Dakota, this Interstate 194 finds one terminus at a Business Loop I-94.

History

Interstate 194 opened to traffic completely by 1966. The first two-mile section, between Interstate 94 and Columbia Avenue, was designated in 1961.1

Southern Terminus - Interstate 94 - south of Battle Creek, Michigan
Perspective from Interstate 194 south
1.25-mile guide sign on Interstate 194/Michigan 66 southbound for Exits 1B/A of Interstate 94. Although this interchange marks the southern terminus of the freeway spur into Battle Creek, Michigan 66 continues the roadway southward to the town of Joppa. Photo taken by Stephen Summers.
"End Interstate 194" shield assembly, placed about a quarter mile from the actual interchange with Interstate 94. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (11/02).
Entering the Interstate 94 interchange on Interstate 194 southbound. 18 miles to the west is the city of Kalamazoo and 38 miles to the east is the city of Jackson. The southbound control point of Michigan 66 emerges as Sturgis, a town of 11,285 located at the intersection of U.S. 12 near the Indiana state line. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (11/02).
Perspective from Beckley Road east
This signage explains how to get to Interstate 194 from Eastbound Beckley Road, just south of Interstate 94. This setup is known as a ("Michigan Left" ), and Chris Bessert has a detailed explanation and graph that describes in detail how the Michigan Left works. And as for the signs with the Interstate 194 and Michigan 66 shields over the "Sojourner Truth Downtown Parkway" signs, those show up twice in each direction, once near the starting point of Interstate 194 and after the on-ramp for Exit 2. Photos taken by Don Hargraves (11/02).
Perspective from Michigan 66 north
View from Michigan 66 north onto Interstate 194 at the Interstate 94 interchange. Note that the state highway utilizes Interstate 194 based exit numbers. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (11/02).
Perspective from Interstate 194 north
The first Interstate 194 reassurance does not skip out on Michigan 66 and includes a guide sign designating the freeway Sojourner Truth Downtown Parkway. Downtown Battle Creek is just three miles to the north. Photo taken by Stephen Summers.
Perspective from Interstate 94 west
First sign for Interstate 194 on Westbound Interstate 94. Exit 98B/A is a standard cloverleaf interchange. Interesting enough, the prior exit of Interstate 94 (Exit 100) connects with Michigan 294, Beadle Lake Road. The state highway is a connector between the Interstate and Michigan 96/Columbia Avenue. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (11/02).
Interstate 194/Michigan 66 northbound guide signage for Exit 98B, posted at the beginning of the merging lane. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (11/02).
Second perspective of the guide signage on Interstate 94 westbound at Exit 98B. The next westbound exit for Interstate 94 is that of Exit 97, Capital Avenue. This is the same thoroughfare that intersects the northern terminus of Interstate 194 in downtown Battle Creek. Photo taken by Stephen Summers.
Interstate 194 northbound begins to the right, as Interstate 94 enters the Exit 98 cloverleaf interchange. The westbound control city is Chicago, omitting the Michigan destinations of Kalamazoo and Benton Harbor. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (11/02).
Perspective from Interstate 94 east
First guide sign for Exits 98A/B of Interstate 194 north and Michigan 66 on Interstate 94 eastbound. The interchange for Interstate 194 is actually the fourth serving the city of Battle Creek via Interstate 94. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (11/02).
Similar to the long-distance control city in the westbound direction of Interstate 94, eastbound travelers see Detroit posted on the reassurance panel at Exit 98A for Michigan 66 southbound. The Motor City is approximately 104 miles to the east at this point. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (11/02).
As Interstate 94 eastbound progresses toward Interstate 69 and the Calhoun County seat of Marshall, Exit 98B for Interstate 194 and Michigan 66 northbound depart to the right. The city of Battle Creek has a population of 53364. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (11/02).
Northern Terminus - Business Loop I-94 - Battle Creek, Michigan
Perspective from Interstate 194 north
The last overhead signs before the northern terminus of Interstate 194. The three options displayed indicate that Kellogg Avenue is to the left, Downtown is the second left, and Business Loop 94 is to the right. Battle Creek is home to the Kellogg Cereal Company and thus home to Cereal City USA (Pictured on the center panel). Photo taken by Don Hargraves (11/02).
Interstate 194 ends shield assembly approaching the northern terminus at Business Loop Interstate 94 in downtown Battle Creek. Michigan 66 continues through downtown and northward to Assyria and eventually to a junction with Interstate 96 at its Exit 67. Note that the green/white Ends plate in the top photograph is replaced by a standard blue/white plate at the bottom. Top photo taken by Stephen Summers; Bottom photo taken by Don Hargraves (11/02).
Perspective from Interstate 194 south
The southbound beginning of Interstate 194, as seen from Business Loop Interstate 94/Michigan Avenue. Although illegible in this photograph, Exit 1 connects to Business Loop Interstate 94 and Exit 2 of Interstate 194 intersects Michigan 96/Columbia Avenue. Photo taken by Stephen Summers.
The view looking south from Capitol Boulevard to the start of Interstate 194. Both roadways travel south to Interstate 94, one exit apart from each other. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (11/02).

Sources:

  1. Michigah Highways: Highways 180 through 199.

Page Updated May 27, 2009.

 
Mileage

State Michigan
Mileage 3.38
Cities Battle Creek
Junctions Interstate 94
Source: October 31, 2002 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
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