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Interstate 696 Michigan

 

Routing

Interstate 696 provides a northern east-west bypass of Detroit from Interstate 96 east to Interstate 94 and points north and west, including Port Huron.

History

Interstate 696 opened initially between Interstate 96 and U.S. 24 in late 1963. Business Spur I-696 was designated the year before, only to be decommissioend by 1970. The next section of freeway to open occurred in 1979 with the stretch between Interstate 75 and 94. Completion of the route took another ten years with an opening on December 14.1

Western Terminus - Interstates 96 and 275 - Novi/Farmington Hills, Michigan
Perspective from Interstate 696 west
Traveling west on Interstate 696, this mileage sign provides the distance to Exit 5, Orchard Lake Road (1.75 miles) and to the final interchange (Exit 1): Junction Interstate 96, Interstate 275, and Michigan (5.25 miles). Photo taken by Scott Steeves (11/05/06).
Three miles west of the mileage sign, westbound Interstate 696/W.P. Reuther Freeway approaches Exit 1, Junction Interstate 96, Interstate 275, and Michigan 5 as shown in this diagrammatical sign. Photo taken by Scott Steeves (11/05/06).
In a diagrammatical sign, the left two lanes of Interstate 696 west transition onto Interstate 96 west, while the right two lanes connect to an auxiliary ramp that connects to Interstate 96 east and Interstate 275 south to Toledo and Michigan 5/Grand River Avenue north to Walled Lake. Photo taken by Scott Steeves (11/05/06).
A third diagrammatical sign is posted one-half mile prior to the interchange with Interstate 96, Interstate 275, and Michigan 5. Photo taken by Scott Steeves (11/05/06).
Interstate 696 ends as the route divides: left lanes connect to Interstate 96 west, while the right lanes connect to Interstate 96-275 south and to Michigan 5/Grand River Avenue. Photo taken by Scott Steeves (11/05/06).
Continuing along the ramp from Interstate 696 west to Interstate 96 west is this Interstate 696 ENDS shield assembly. Photo taken by Frank Gillon, Jr. (05/20/07).
Perspective from Interstate 96 east
Now traveling east on Interstate 96, this guide sign is the first to mention the pending interchange with Interstate 275, Interstate 696, and Michigan 5. This interchange serves as the northern terminus of Interstate 275 and the western terminus of Interstate 696. Photo taken by Ryan Pooya (05/17/07).
This diagrammatical sign provides the lane allocations for the junction with Interstate 696/W.P. Reutherford Freeway, Interstate 275, and Michigan 5. The left three lanes continue due east toward Port Huron, with a connection to Michigan 5/Grand River Avenue southeast to Detroit. The right two lanes carry Interstate 96 south along with Interstate 275 through Farmington Hills and Livonia. At Livonia, Interstate 96 turns east into Detroit. Photo taken by Ryan Pooya (05/17/07).
Eastbound Interstate 96 reaches Exit 162, Novi Road south to Novi and Northville. The next interchange is the connection to Interstate 275, Interstate 696, and Michigan 5. Photo taken by Ryan Pooya (05/17/07).
Shortly thereafter, Interstate 96 splits away from Interstate 696. Interstate 96 east and Interstate 275 south combine for several miles until the Michigan 14 interchange near Livonia. The left three lanes continue east onto Interstate 696. Photo taken by Ryan Pooya (05/17/07).
Perspective from Interstate 96 east and Interstate 275 south
This view shows the beginning of Interstate 275 south along with the continuation of Interstate 96 east after the ramp departs. Photo taken by Ryan Pooya (05/17/07).
Perspective from Interstate 696 east
After splitting from Interstate 96, eastbound Interstate 696 immediately prepares to split with Michigan 5/Grand River Avenue southeast to Farmington Hills and Detroit. This diagrammatical sign shows the lane allocations; stay left to continue east on Interstate 696. Photo taken by Frank Gillon, Jr. (05/20/07).
Eastbound Interstate 696 and eastbound Michigan 5/Grand River Avenue split. Photo taken by Frank Gillon, Jr. (05/20/07).
A set of shields delineate the split between Interstate 696 and Michigan 5/Grand River Avenue. From here, Interstate 696 continues due east through Farmington Hills to Warren, while Michigan 5 turns southeast to Farmington Hills, Redford, and Detroit. Grand River Avenue extends all the way to downtown Detroit, although not as a state highway. Photo taken by Frank Gillon, Jr. (05/20/07).
Perspective from Interstate 96 west and Interstate 275 north
Now trveling north on Interstate 275 and west on Interstate 96, the first in a sequence of signs leading to the interchange with Interstate 696 and Michigan 5 begins at Exit 167, Eight Mile Road. Photo taken by Ryan Pooya (05/17/07).
There is no connection from northbound Interstate 275 and westbound Interstate 96 to Nine Mile Road; however, this is the approximate location for the one-mile advance sign for the Interstate 696 and Michigan 5 interchange. Photo taken by Ryan Pooya (05/17/07).
An Interstate 275 ENDS shield assembly is posted prior to the Interstate 696 and Michigan 5 interchange. Photo taken by Ryan Pooya (05/17/07).
The right three lanes become exit only for Interstate 696 and Michigan 5, while the left two lanes will angle northwest to follow Interstate 96 to Lansing. Photo taken by Ryan Pooya (05/17/07).
After Interstate 96 departs to the northwest, the right three lanes exit. The exit ramp then subdivides, with the first connection to Michigan 5/Grand River Avenue southeast to Farmington Hills. This route starts as a freeway and becomes a divided state highway into Detroit before meeting Interstate 96 at Exit 185. A left exit ahead will connect to Michigan 5 north to Commerce and Union Lake. The remaining lanes connect to Interstate 696 east to Port Huron. Photo taken by Ryan Pooya (05/17/07).
After the Michigan 5/Grand River Avenue exit ramp, the left two lanes prepare to exit for Michigan 5 north, while the right two lanes depart for Interstate 696 east. Michigan 5 is a freeway through Novi, then changes to a divided highway before ending. This is the only section of the proposed Interstate 275 extension that would have reconnected Interstate 275 back to Interstate 75 northwest of Detroit and Pontiac. Such an extension is now very unlikely to be constructed. Photo taken by Ryan Pooya (05/17/07).
A pair of shields for Michigan 5 (left) and Interstate 696 (right) is posted at the gore point. Photo taken by Ryan Pooya (05/17/07).
Perspective from Michigan 5 south
Now traveling south on Michigan 5, this sign assembly is located past Thirteen Mile Road. The left three lanes will bypass Twelve Mile Road, and the right two lanes connect to Interstate 96 west and Twelve Mile Road. In the background to the right you can see the ramp to Twelve Mile Road and the Interstate 96 west Lansing sign. Photo taken by Frank Gillon, Jr. (05/20/07).
At this point, Michigan 5 changes cardinal direction (from south to east). The eastbound direction is more like southeast from this point along Grand River Avenue. Photo taken by Frank Gillon, Jr. (05/20/07).
The left two lanes take you to eastbound Interstate 696 and Michigan 5/Grand River Avenue. Port Huron is not mentioned on the guide signs. The right lane will take to Detroit and Toledo, Ohio, which is about 60 miles away. Photo taken by Frank Gillon, Jr. (05/20/07).
The left two lanes connect to Interstate 696 east, which serves Southfield, Warren, and St. Clair Shores. Michigan 5 east follows Grand River Avenue into Farmington Hills. The right two lanes connect to Interstate 96 east and Interstate 275 south. Photo taken by Frank Gillon, Jr. (05/20/07).
These shields are TO Interstate 275 south and TO Interstate 696 east. Michigan 5 and Interstate 96 shields are omitted, but up ahead is the Interstate 96 east ramp to the right. There are no Interstate 96 and Interstate 275 shields on the east-southbound section of Interstate 96 east and Interstate 275 south until they split in Plymouth. Photo taken by Frank Gillon, Jr. (05/20/07).
Eastern Terminus - Interstate 94 - St. Clair Shores, Michigan
Perspective from Interstate 696 east
Interstate 696/W.P. Reuther Freeway east reaches Exit 28, 11 Mile Road. This is the last exit before the freeway transitions onto Interstate 94/Ford Freeway. The four eastbound lanes partition into two for each direction of Interstate 94, while 11 Mile Road continues directly east from Interstate 696. Photo taken by Jim Teresco (08/01).
Perspective from Interstate 94 west
Interstate 94 westbound approaches Interstate 696/W.P. Reuther Freeway westbound. Interstate 696 serves as a bypass of Detroit by passing through Warren, Oak Park, and Farmington Hills. At no point does Interstate 696 enter Wayne County or the City of Detroit. Photo taken by John Harmon (01/01/01).
Westbound Interstate 94/Ford Freeway meets Interstate 696/W.P. Reuther Freeway west at Exit 229. To Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Muskegon, use Interstate 696 west to Interstate 96 west. Photo taken by John Harmon (01/01/01).
Perspective from Interstate 94 east
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Sources:

  1. Michigan Highways: Highways 250 through 696 (Chris Bessert).

Page Updated August 12, 2007.

 
Mileage

State Michigan
Mileage 29.39
Cities Detroit, Warren, Roseville
Junctions Interstate 96/Interstate 275, Interstate 75, Interstate 94
Source: October 31, 2002 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
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