Interstate 69 in Michigan

Interstate 69 in Michigan

Infobox road

length_ref=Cite web |author=Bessert, Christopher J. |work= Michigan Highways |url= |title= Michigan Highways: Highways 60 through 69 |date= 2008-01-01 |accessdate=2008-05-06]
terminus_a=Jct|state=IN|I|69 at Indiana state line
junction=Jct|state=MI|I|94 near Marshall
Jct|state=MI|I|96 near Lansing
Jct|state=MI|I|496 near Lansing
Jct|state=MI|I|75 in Flint
Jct|state=MI|I|475 in Flint
Jct|state=MI|I|94 near Port Huron
terminus_b=Jct|state=ON|Hwy|402 at Canadian border on Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron
In the U.S. state of Michigan, Interstate 69 passes through the large cities of Lansing and Flint. At Lansing, it changes direction from north-south to east-west. In Flint, I-69 is also known as the Chevrolet-Buick Freeway, as a tribute to the Flint automotive industry. A convert|30|mi|km|0|sing=on|lk=on stretch of I-69 between Flint and Perry is designated as the Pearl Harbor Memorial Highway. Until 2002, US 27 was cosigned with I-69 from the state line north to the Lansing area.

Route description

I-69 starts in Michigan at the state line just south of Kinderhook. This is just north of an interchange with the Indiana Toll Road. I-69 runs north passing through Coldwater and Marshall. Near Olivet, I-69 begins to turn in a northeasterly direction passing through the Lansing metropolitan area. Here I-69 is cosigned on with I-96, the only such palindromic pairing in the entire Interstate Highway System. In addition, it is the only jointly named highway to hit a Canadian Border Crossing. I-69 is signed east-west from Lansing through Flint to Port Huron. At the eastern terminus, I-69 joins I-94 to cross the Blue Water Bridges at the Canadian border over the St. Clair River.

I-69 is currently the only mainline Interstate highway in Michigan that's outside of the Metro Detroit area.


The earliest freeway portion of I-69 is a stretch built in three stages from 1959 to 1961 running from near Perry to Swartz Creek as the M-78 freeway. Another stretch of current I-69 alignment was built in 1966 as part of M-21 near Port Huron. The M-78 freeway was extended eastward passing through Flint and ending at Lapeer in 1971. The M-78 portion of the extended freeway ended in Flint and the stretch of the freeway from the Genesee/Shiawassee County line to Lapeer was designated M-21.

Temporary Interstate 69 between Charlotte and Morrice was a divided highway originally designated as part of M-78. I-69 also replaced part of M-21 east of Flint. The convert|12|mi|km|0|sing=on stretch of I-69 between Charlotte and I-96 was opened in October 1992. It completed Michigan's original state-wide Interstate Highway System, although plans for a northern stretch of I-275 outside Detroit were abandoned because of local opposition.

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External links

* [ I-69 @ Michigan Ends]

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