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Interstate 496 Michigan

 

Routing

Interstate 496 provides freeway access from Interstates 69 and 96 into downtown Lansing. Lansing not only has business loops for Interstates 69 and 96, but it is also served by the Capital Loop, which is a business connection from Interstate 496.

History

The last section of Interstate 496 opened to traffic in 1970.1

Western Terminus - Interstate 69 and Interstate 96 - west of Lansing, Michigan
Perspective from Interstate 496 west
Interstate 496 comes to an end at the Interstate 69/96 overlap to the west of the capital city of Michigan. This photograph looks at the sign bridge motorists see on Interstate 496 westbound. The U.S. 27 shields affixed to the panels are no longer present (see next photo), as in 2001-2002, U.S. 27 was decommissioned through Michigan, with its extant section north of Lansing part of an extended U.S. 127. Photo by John Harmon.
Second view of the sign bridge displayed in the above photograph. Westbound travelers of Interstate 496 are defaulted onto Interstate 69 south/96 east. Note that the US 27 shields placed above the signs (which seems to have been temporary from the way they were placed) have been removed. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (11/02).
Overhead signage at the split point for Interstate 69/96. The paired Interstates split at the next southbound exit (Exit 72) as Interstate 69 departs southward to Fort Wayne and Interstate 96 eastward to Detroit. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (11/02).
Shield assembly at the gore point for the end of Interstate 496. There is no "End 496" sign at either end. Traffic turning northward on the Interstate 69/96 overlap will see a split of the two highways in four miles. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (11/02).
Perspective from Interstate 69 south/96 east
The first guide sign of Interstate 496 on Interstate 69 south/96 east is posted at Exit 93B for the western terminus of Business Loop I-69 and Michigan 43. Business Loop 69 travels through downtown Lansing as well, returning to its parent near Haslett at Exit 94. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (11/02).
The right-hand lane of Interstate 69/96 south/east becomes exit-only for Interstate 496 east/Exit 95. Note that Downtown is spelled with all capital letters. This practice is also adhered to in the state of North Carolina on Interstate guide signage there. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (11/02).
The eastbound beginning of Interstate 496 departs Interstate 69 south/96 east in this photograph. The state capital complex is approximately six miles to the east via Interstate 496. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (11/02).
Perspective from Interstate 69 north/96 west
Northbound Interstate 69 guide signage for the western terminus of Interstate 496/Exit 95, posted before Interstate 69 merges with Interstate 96. The sister sign for Westbound Interstate 96 does not presently exist, oddly enough. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (11/02).
Guide sign for Exit 95/Interstate 496 east on the Interstate 69/96 overlap northbound. This is the first sign of Interstate 496 for those traveling on Interstate 96 and the second for those traveling on Interstate 69. The overlap between the two Interstate totals around six miles. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (11/02).
Eastern Terminus - Interstate 96 - southeast of Lansing, Michigan
Perspective from Interstate 496 east
First guide sign of the interchange with Interstate 96. Interstate 496 overlaps with U.S. 127 for its final four miles as it travels in a north-south direction on the east side of Lansing. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (11/02).
Sign bridge showing the lane allocation for Interstate 96 on Interstate 496 east (south). Note that the upcoming interchange features a left-exit for Interstate 96 eastbound to Detroit. U.S. 127 continues as a freeway southward to Interstate 94 and the city of Jackson. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (11/02).
Interstate 496 comes to an end as the ramps for Interstate 96 east and westbound depart. U.S. 127 continues another nine miles south to the Ingham County seat of Mason. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (11/02).
Perspective from Interstate 496 west
The first Interstate 496 reassurance shield, posted at the Jolly Road undercrossing and city limits of Lansing. In the background is an Exit 11 overhead for the first Interstate 496 interchange - Jolly Road (via Dunckel Road). Photo taken by Don Hargraves (03/03).
Perspective from Interstate 96 west
The first Lansing area exit of Interstate 96 westbound is Exit 106B/A for Interstate 496 west and U.S. 127. Interstate 496 is a downtown loop of the state capital, cutting a swath through the city in a similar fashion that Interstate 630 bisects the Arkansas state capital. Photo by John Harmon.
Westbound Interstate 96 at Exit 106B for Interstate 496 west and U.S. 127 north. U.S. 127 used to conclude at Interstate 69 to the north of Lansing. This changed during 2001-2002 as legislation was signed to extend U.S. 127 northward over the preexisting U.S. 27 routing between Lansing and Interstate 75 near Grayling. Photo by John Harmon.
Perspective from Interstate 96 east
Interstate 96 east at the Aureluis Road overpass, 1.50 miles west of the Interstate 496 terminal interchange of Exit 106. Traffic from Business Loop 96 and central Lansing has just merged onto the Interstate mainline. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (03/03).
Entering the Exit 106A/B interchange of Interstate 496 west and U.S. 127. Departing in this photograph is Exit 106A for U.S. 127 south. The cloverleaf ramp for Interstate 496 is 0.25 miles ahead. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (03/03).
The Interstate 496 northbound beginning at Exit 106B of Interstate 96 east. The next eastbound interchange serves Meridian Township at Exit 110/Okemos Road. The city limits of Detroit are 74 miles to the west along Interstate 96. Photo taken by Don Hargraves (03/03).

Sources:

  1. 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.

Page Updated July 27, 2006.

 
Mileage

State Michigan
Mileage 11.78
Cities Lansing
Junctions Interstates 69/96, Future Interstate 73, Interstate 96
Source: October 31, 2002 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
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