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Interstate 96

Interstate 96

Total length: 192 miles (309 km)
Western terminus: Muskegon, MI, at JCT U.S. 31
Eastern terminus: Detroit, MI, at JCT I-75/Ambassador Bridge (Canadian border)

States traversed & length in each:

  • Michigan — 192 miles (309 km)

Major cities along route:

  • Muskegon, MI
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Lansing, MI
  • Detroit, MI

Junctions with non-related Interstates:

  • Interstate 69: Multiplex from MP 91 to MP 97 near Lansing, MI
  • Interstate 275: Multiplex from MP 165 to MP 172 near Livonia, MI
  • Interstate 94: Exit 190 in Detroit, MI
  • Interstate 75: Exit 192 in Detroit, MI (eastern terminus)

Related loops and spurs:

  • Interstate 196 — 80 miles long; spur into downtown Grand Rapids, MI, then to Holland, MI, eventually ending at Interstate 94 near Benton Harbor, MI; I-96 Exit 37
  • Interstate 296 — NOT SIGNED; 4 miles long; spur from I-96 north of Grand Rapids, MI, to I-196 downtown; entire length multiplexed with US 131; I-96 Exit 31A
  • Interstate 496 — 11 miles long; 180° loop, north and east of I-96, through downtown Lansing, MI; termini at I-96 Exits 95 and 106
  • Interstate 696 — 29 miles long; spur to Interstate 94 at St. Clair Shores, MI; unnumbered exit, leaves I-96 at MP 164

Length I’ve traveled: Entire length

Time zones:
Eastern — Entire length

Counties traversed:
Michigan — Muskegon, Ottawa, Kent, Ionia, Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Livingston, Oakland, Wayne

A quick hypertext drive: I-96 is one of the intrastate Interstates, running entirely in Michigan; it connects the Lake Michigan shore at Muskegon with the eastern end of the state and the Canadian border at Detroit. Outside of the major urban areas of Muskegon, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Detroit, it runs largely through flat or slightly rolling farmland.

Much of the route has only four lanes, except the I-69 multiplex on the west side of Lansing (with six) and the final 60 miles from Howell to the eastern terminus in Detroit. In fact, the I-275 multiplex in Detroit’s western suburbs carries eight lanes, and an “express-local” setup in northwestern Detroit proper carries 10 lanes. The eastern terminus in Detroit allows eastbound I-96 traffic to exit right to the Ambassador Bridge to go to Canada, or stay left to southbound Interstate 75 to head toward southwestern Detroit and the southern suburbs.

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