- M-143 (Michigan highway)
M-143 highlighted in red
Route information Maintained by MDOT Length: 0.936 mi (1.506 km) Existed: 1962 – present Major junctions West end: Lansing – East Lansing city line East end: M-43 in East Lansing Location Counties: Ingham Highway system ← M-142 M-144 →
M-143, also known as Michigan Avenue, is an unsigned spur state trunkline highway in the south central region of the US state of Michigan. The M-143 portion of Michigan Avenue runs from the East Lansing city limit to a junction with M-43 at Grand River Avenue. This unsigned highway is the second time that there has been an M-143 in Michigan. The first was a connection to the original Cheboygan State Park. The current is a remnant of M-43 in the Lansing area.
Michigan Avenue travels through the Greater Lansing area on an east–west axis which runs through the Capitol Building in downtown Lansing. While discontinuous from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Capitol Avenue in the downtown area, the eastern portion of Michigan Avenue begins at the Capitol and runs easterly, ending in downtown East Lansing. For much of its length in the City of Lansing, Michigan Avenue is a five-lane thoroughfare maintained by the city. Just west of US Highway 127 (US 127), the street transitions into a six-lane boulevard and proceeds easterly to the East Lansing city limit. From that point easterly for about a mile (1.6 km) to M-43 at Grand River Avenue in downtown East Lansing, Michigan Avenue is state-maintained as a four- to six-lane boulevard designated M-143. Michigan Avenue here is the northern boundary of the main campus of Michigan State University near the Red Cedar River. This highway designation is not signed on Michigan Avenue even though the street is under the control of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).
The first usage of M-143 was designated from US Highway 27 (US 27, now M-27) south of Cheboygan eastward for about a mile on Lincoln Avenue to the original Cheboygan State Park in 1931. The park was removed from the state park system during World War II The highway along Lincoln Avenue was transferred back to local control in late 1960.
In late 1962, US 16 was decommissioned in the state of Michigan as Interstate 96 (I-96) was completed. With the removal of US 16, several highways were rerouted through Lansing. M-43 was rerouted along M-78 to Grand River Avenue and then along Grand River Avenue to replace US 16 east to Webberville. The former M-43 on Michigan Avenue east of Cedar and Larch streets was redesignated M-143.
As part of a the creation of the Capitol Loop, M-143 and Michigan Avenue in Lansing is partially transferred back to local control. The section between Cedar and Larch streets is retained as part of the new Capitol Loop and the remainder inside the city of Lansing is removed from the state trunkline highway system on October 13, 1989. At the time, M-143 in the City of East Lansing is not transferred, and MDOT removed the signage, creating an unsigned trunkline.
The entire highway is in Ingham County.
Location Mile Destinations Notes Lansing –
0.000 Highland Street Western terminus on the city line East Lansing 0.936 M-43 (Grand River Avenue) 1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- ^ a b Michigan State Highway Department (1962). Official Highway Map (Map). Section L11.
- ^ a b Michigan State Highway Department (1963). Official Highway Map (Map). Section L11.
- ^ a b "MDOT Physical Reference Finder Application". Michigan Department of Transportation. 2009. http://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/prfinder/. Retrieved October 3, 2010.
- ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (2010). Truck Operators Map (Map). Section Lansing.
- ^ Google, Inc. Google Maps – Lansing, Michigan (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Lansing,+MI&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=64.409204,59.589844&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Lansing,+Ingham,+Michigan&ll=42.732513,-84.542027&spn=0.119155,0.116386&z=13. Retrieved October 3, 2010.
- ^ Michigan State Highway Department (July 1, 1931). Official Michigan Highway Map (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally. Section E11.
- ^ Michigan State Highway Department (October 1, 1945). Official Highway Map of Michigan (Map). Section E11.
- ^ Michigan State Highway Department (1960). Official Highway Map (Map). Section E11. (Includes all changes through July 1, 1960)
- ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (August 29, 2007) (PDF). Right of Way Map for Ingham County, Sheets 126–130, 180 (Map).
- ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (1990). Truck Operator's Map (Map). Lansing inset.
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