Interstate 496 Michigan
Interstate 496 comprises an urban loop through the city of Lansing between I-69/96 in Delta Township and the U.S. 127 freeway in East Lansing. I-496 provides a high speed route to Downtown Lansing, crossing the Grand River southeast of the Michigan State Capitol. The eastern leg overlaps with U.S. 127 by Michigan State University (MSU) to I-96 just southeast of the Lansing city limits.
The Recommended Numbering plan for Interstate Highways in Michigan submitted to the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) by the Michigan State Highway Department on April 25, 1958 assigned 296 to the urban loop through Lansing. Per correspondance between Michigan and AASHO on August 15, 1958, 296 was reassigned to the connector in Grand Rapids and 496 to the route at Lansing. Final approval was given for the route of Interstate 96 between Benton Harbor and Detroit on December 18, 1958, formalizing I-496 at the capital city.
The last section of Interstate 496 opened to traffic in 1970.1
Source: December 31, 2021 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
I-496 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)
Source: 2017 AADT – Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Traffic Volumes Map
East End – Delhi Township, Michigan
East South at
I-496 overlaps with U.S. 127 north to East Lansing. I-96 stays south of the capital city by the community of Holt. Prior to 2001-02, U.S. 127 ended at I-69 to the north of Lansing at DeWitt Township. This changed with legislation signed extending U.S. 127 northward over what was U.S. 27 between Lansing and I-75 near Grayling. Photo by John Harmon (2001).
West End – Delta Township, Michigan
South East at
North West at
- “Interstate roads have shaped the future for many mid-Michigan communities.” Lansing State Journal (MI), July 23, 2006.
Page updated June 29, 2022.