Interstate 194 spurs northward from B Drive and I-94 alongside M-66 to Downtown Battle Creek. M-66 ties into the south end of the freeway at a retail area anchored by Lakeview Square Mall. I-194 and M-66 run along the Emmett Township line from the exchange with I-94 to M-96 (Columbia Avenue). An S-curve takes the freeway across the Kalamazoo River to Business Loop I-94 along Dickman Road. M-66 extends north from the freeway end at Jackson Street / Hambin Avenue along the east side of Downtown.
Part of the Interstate Urban Area Numerology for the state of Michigan submitted to the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO), the urban connector into Battle Creek was approved as I-194 on August 29, 1958. Interstate 194 opened to traffic fully by 1966. The two mile long section between Interstate 94 and Columbia Avenue (M-96), was designated in 1961.1