Taking a break from Utah for one post! My mother recently had a business trip in Grand Rapids and sent me this photo! So, let’s do a post about Interstate 96!
I-96 is an interstate highway entirely within the state of Michigan. It serves the lower peninsula of the state, connecting many major cities in the lower peninsula. I-96 runs east-west, from I-75 in Detroit to US 31 just south of Muskegon. It is 192 miles long.
I-96 serves Wayne County, Oakland County, Livingston County, Ingham County, Eaton County, Clinton County, Ionia County, Kent County, Ottawa County, and Muskegon County. It serves the cities of Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Muskegon.
I-96 has junctions with I-75, US 12, and I-94 in Detroit, US 24 in Redford, I-275 in Livonia, I-696 in Farmington Hills, US 23 in Brighton, US 127, I-496, and I-69 near Lansing, I-196 and US 131 in Grand Rapids, and US 31 in Norton Shores.
The eastern terminus of I-96 at I-75 in Detroit also connects to the Ambassador Bridge, providing access to Canada.
I-96 has four auxiliary highways. I-196 connects Grand Rapids to I-94 near Benton Harbor. I-296 is an unsigned and is concurrent with US 131 in Grand Rapids connecting I-96 and I-196. I-496 provides access to downtown Lansing. I-696 is a northern bypass of Detroit connecting I-96 to I-94 north.
I-96 replaces US 16, with the former being decommissioned in 1962. In the original interstate plan for Michigan, the modern I-96 route was numbered I-94 (the modern route of I-94 was numbered I-92).
Photo taken in December 2018.