Interstate 194 spurs northward from B Drive and I-94 along side 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.
Interstate 194 opened to traffic fully by 1966. The two-mile section between Interstate 94 and Columbia Avenue (M-96), was designated in 1961.1