Interstate 94 in Michigan

Interstate 94 in Michigan

Interstate 94 marker

Interstate 94
Edsel Ford Freeway

I-94 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MDOT
Length: 275.39 mi[1] (443.20 km)
Existed: ca. 1958[1] – present
Lake Michigan Circle Tour
Major junctions
West end: I-94 near New Buffalo

I-196 / US 31 in Benton Harbor
US 131 in Portage
I-194 in Battle Creek
I-69 near Marshall
US 127 in Jackson
US 23 in Ann Arbor
I-96 in Detroit
I-75 in Detroit
I-696 in St. Clair Shores

I-69 in Port Huron
East end: Highway 402 at Canadian border on Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron
Highway system

Main route of the Interstate Highway System
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Michigan State Trunkline Highway System
Interstate • US • State

M-93 M-94
I-94 / US 23 interchange, Pittsfield Township

Interstate 94 (I-94) is a part of the Interstate Highway System that runs from Billings, Montana, to the Lower Peninsula of the US state of Michigan. In Michigan, it is a state trunkline highway that enters the state south of New Buffalo. It runs east to Detroit before terminating on the Blue Water Bridge at the US–Canadian border.


Route description

I-94 enters Michigan and parallels Lake Michigan up to St. Joseph before turning east. It then passes Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Jackson and Ann Arbor before entering Detroit. It exits Detroit to the northeast, meets I-69 at Port Huron. Both routes end on Blue Water Bridge at Ontario Highway 402.

Lane configurations

  • Between Interstate 196 and Indiana state line (3 lanes on each side — a 4th lane was added westbound in 2006 between Exit 30 and Exit 29[2]
  • Between just west of Exit 74 (US 131) and Exit 34 (Interstate 196) (2 lanes on each side)
  • Between Exit 76 and just west of Exit 74 (US-131)(will extend to exit 78 when project is completed in 2011) (3 lanes on each side)
  • Between just west of Exit 167 (Baker Rd.) and Exit 76 (2 lanes on each side)
  • Between Exit 171 (M-14) and just west of Exit 167 (Baker Rd.) (3 lanes on each side)
  • Between Exit 180 (US 23) and Exit 171 (M-14) (2 lanes on each side)
  • Between Exit 198 (Detroit Metropolitan Airport) and Exit 180 (US-23) (3 lanes on each side)
  • For Exits 199 (Detroit Metropolitan Airport/Middle Belt Road) and 198 (Merriman Road) (2 Local + 3 Express Lanes each side)
  • Between Exit 243 (23 Mile Rd.) and Exit 198 (3-4 lanes on each side)
  • Between Blue Water Bridge and Exit 243 (23 Mile Rd.) in Chesterfield Township, MI (2 lanes on each side)


Pre designation

In early plans for the Interstate Highway System, I-94 between Benton Harbor and Detroit was proposed to be numbered I-92. The originally proposed route for I-94 became the pre-1963 routing for I-96.[3]

Through much of Michigan Interstate 94 follows the route of old U.S. 12; to the west of Detroit it uses the pre-existing Detroit Industrial Expressway which had been built during World War II to accommodate transportation of workers and in Detroit it follows the route of the Edsel Ford Freeway.[4] Signage for the Edsel Ford Freeway remained in place until the late 1980s when Michigan deemphasized proper names on Interstate guide signs.

Land acquisition for the Edsel Ford Freeway started in 1945 however uncertainly over funding delayed completion until the 1950s. Originally referred to as the "Crosstown Freeway" the name "Edsel Ford Freeway" was adopted by petition in April 1946.[5]

The interchange between the Lodge Freeway and the Edsel Ford Freeway, which had been constructed in 1953 was the first full freeway-to-freeway interchange built in the United States.[6]

In 1958, sections of US 12, the Willow Run, Detroit Industrial and Edsel Ford Expressways were designated as the I-94.

Post designation

In 1959 additional sections of I-94 were opened, starting with a section from Coloma and Hartford, then from Paw Paw to Kalamazoo which connected to the US 12 to Battle Creek and finally from Battle Creek to Jackson. In 1960 sections of freeway opened in southwestern Michigan between the St. Joseph – Benton Harbor area and between Jackson and Ann Arbor. In this year Michigan became the first state to complete a border to border toll-free interstate running for 205 miles from Detroit to New Buffalo.[7] A section of 20 miles (32 km) between New Buffalo and Stevensville opened in 1961.[1]

In the beginning of 1962, the US 12 designation was removed from the I-94 freeway. In the process, the designation was transferred to replace the US 112 designation in its entirety. After this transfer, I-94 was no longer concurrent with US 12, except for the Ypsilanti bypass. In 1963 the freeway was extended south of New Buffalo. The freeway ended at M-239. Traffic was diverted down M-239 into Indiana where SR 39 carried traffic the rest of the way to the Indiana Toll Road. A section in the Detroit area between Marysville and Mt. Clemens was also completed. US 25 was used to connect the gap in the freeway between Detroit and Mt. Clemens.[1]

On August 16, 1987, Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashed after attempting to take off from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County International Airport, killing all but one passenger, Cecilia Cichan, upon exploding at an overpass.[8]

Its intersection with US-24 (Telegraph Road) was one of the nation's more unusual full interchange designs. Only two bridges were used and left hand exits were used throughout.[9] This interchange was reconfigured in 2005 to a SPUI design, I-94's first, and was completed in December of that year.[10] A pair of bridges called the Gateway Arch Bridges (alternately "Gateway to Detroit"[11]) was incorporated in the new interchange.

In the 1990s, the Michigan Department of Transportation implemented an "emergency Interstate" system along roads paralleling I-94.

Exit list

County Location Mile Exit Destinations Notes
New Buffalo Township 0.000 I-94 west – Gary, Chicago Indiana state line
1 M-239 south (La Porte Road) – New Buffalo
4 US 12 / LMCT – Three Oaks, Niles, New Buffalo Signed as exits 4A (east) and 4B (west); western end of LMCT concurrency
Chikaming Township 6 Union Pier
12 Sawyer
Bridgman 16 Bridgman
Stevensville 22 John Beers Road – Stevensville
Lincoln Charter Township 23 BL I-94 east (Red Arrow Highway) / LMCT – St. Joseph, Benton Harbor, Stevensville Eastern end of LMCT concurrency
St. Joseph Township 27 M-63 (Niles Avenue)
Benton Charter Township 28 M-139 (Scottdale Road)
29 Pipestone Road
30 US 31 south (Napier Avenue) Western end of US 31 concurrency
33 BL I-94 – Downtown St. Joseph, Downtown Benton Harbor No eastbound exit
34 I-196 north / US 31 north – South Haven, Holland, Grand Rapids Eastern end of US 31 concurrency
Coloma 39 Millburg, Coloma
Watervliet 41 M-140 – Watervliet, Niles
Van Buren
Hartford 46 Hartford
Lawrence 52 Lawrence
Paw Paw Township 56 M-51 – Decatur, Dowagiac
Paw Paw 60 M-40 – Paw Paw, Lawton
Mattawan 66 Mattawan
Texas Township 72 9th Street – Oshtemo
Portage 74 US 131 / BL I-94 east – Kalamazoo, Three Rivers, Grand Rapids Signed as exits 74A (south) and 74B (north)
75 Oakland Drive
76 Westnedge Avenue Signed as exits 76A (south) and 76B (north)
Kalamazoo 78 Portage Road, Kilgore Road
Comstock Township 80 Sprinkle Road, Cork Street
81 BL I-94 west – Downtown Kalamazoo Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
85 35th Street – Augusta, Galesburg
Charleston Township 88 Climax, Galesburg
Battle Creek 92 BL I-94 east / M-37 – Springfield, Battle Creek, Augusta, Climax
95 Helmer Road – Springfield
97 Capital Avenue
98 I-194 north / M-66 – Sturgis, Downtown Battle Creek Signed as exits 98A (south) and 98B (north)
Emmett Charter Township 100 M-294 (Beadle Lake Road)
103 Michigan Avenue Partial interchange which had directly served Michigan Avenue, permanently closed in 2009[12]
104 To BL I-94 west / M-96 (Michigan Avenue) / 11 Mile Road
Marshall Township 108 I-69 - Ft. Wayne, Lansing
Marshall 110 Old 27 Former US 27
Marengo Township 112 BL I-94 west (Partello Road) – Marshall
115 22½ Mile Road
Sheridan Township 119 M-199 (26 Mile Road)
Albion 121 BL I-94 east (28 Mile Road) – Albion
Parma Township 124 BL I-94 west / M-99 – Albion, Eaton Rapids
127 Concord
128 Michigan Avenue
Sandstone Township 130 Parma
133 Dearing Road – Spring Arbor
Blackman Township 136 M-60 west / BL I-94 east – Jackson, Spring Arbor
137 Airport Road
138 US 127 north / M-50 – Jackson, Lansing Western end of US 127 concurrency
139 M-106 (Cooper Street) – Downtown Jackson
141 Elm Road
Leoni Township 142 US 127 south – Hudson Eastern end of US 127 concurrency
144 BL I-94 west – Jackson Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
145 Sargent Road
147 Race Road
Grass Lake Township 150 Mt. Hope Road – Grass Lake
153 Clear Lake Road
Sylvan Township 156 Kalmbach Road
157 Old US 12, Pierce Road
Chelsea 159 M-52 – Chelsea, Manchester
Lima Township 162 Old US 12, Jackson Road
Scio Township 167 Baker Road – Dexter
169 Zeeb Road
171 M-14 east – Plymouth Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Ann Arbor 172 BL I-94 east (Jackson Avenue) – Ann Arbor
175 Ann Arbor–Saline Road
177 State Street
Pittsfield Township 180 US 23 / BL I-94 west – Ann Arbor, Flint, Toledo Signed as exits 180A (south) and 180B (north)
181 US 12 west (Michigan Avenue) – Ypsilanti, Saline Western end of US 12 concurrency; signed as exits 181A (west) and 181B (east) westbound
Ypsilanti 183
BUS US 12 east (Huron Street) – Downtown Ypsilanti
Ypsilanti Township 185 US 12 east (Michigan Avenue) – Willow Run Airport Eastern end of US 12 concurrency; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
186 Willow Run Airport Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
187 Rawsonville Road
Van Buren Township 190 Belleville Road – Belleville
192 Haggerty Road West access to Lower Huron Metropark
Romulus 194 I-275 – Flint, Toledo Signed as exits 194A (south) and 194B (north) eastbound
196 Wayne Road – Wayne
197 Vining Road
198 Middlebelt Road, Merriman Road – Detroit Metro Airport
Taylor 200 Ecorse Road – Inkster
202 US 24 (Telegraph Road)
Allen Park 204 M-39 (Southfield Freeway) / Pelham Road
206 Oakwood Boulevard Signed as exits 206A (south) and 206B (north) westbound
Dearborn 208 Schaefer Road, Greenfield Road
209 Rotunda Drive Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
210A US 12 (Michigan Avenue) / Wyoming Avenue – Dearborn Signed as exit 210 eastbound
Detroit 210B M-153 (Ford Road) / Addison Avenue Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
211A Lonyo Avenue Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
211B Central Avenue, Cecil Avenue Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
212A Livernois Avenue Signed as exit 212 westbound
212B Warren Avenue Westbound exit is via exit 213A
213A West Grand Boulevard
213B I-96 (Jeffries Freeway) – Lansing, Ambassador Bridge to Canada
214A Linwood Avenue, Grand River Avenue Signed as exit 214 westbound
214B Trumbull Avenue Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
215 M-10 (Lodge Freeway) – Downtown Detroit, Southfield Signed as exits 215A (south) and 215B (north)
215C M-1 (Woodward Avenue) / John R. Street / Brush Street
216A I-75 (Chrysler Freeway) – Flint, Toledo
216B Russell Street Eastbound exit only
217 Chene Street, East Grand Boulevard, Mount Elliott Avenue Signed as exits 217A (Chene Street, Grand Boulevard) and 217B (Mount Elliott Avenue) eastbound
218 M-53 (Van Dyke Avenue)
219 M-3 (Gratiot Avenue)
220A French Road No westbound exit
220B Conner Avenue – Detroit City Airport
222A Outer Drive, Chalmers Avenue
222B Harper Avenue Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
223 Cadieux Road
224A Moross Road
Harper Woods 224B Allard Avenue, Eastwood Drive
225 M-102 (8 Mile Road, Vernier Road)
Eastpointe – St. Clair Shores 227 9 Mile Road
Eastpointe – Roseville – St. Clair Shores 228 10 Mile Road
Roseville – St. Clair Shores 229 I-696 west (Reuther Freeway) / 11 Mile Road – Lansing
230 12 Mile Road
Roseville 231 M-3 (Gratiot Avenue) Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
232 Little Mack Avenue
Clinton Charter Township 234 Harper Avenue Signed as exits 234A (south) and 234B (north)
Harrison Township 235 Shook Road Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
236 Metropolitan Parkway
Mt. Clemens 237 North River Road – Mt. Clemens
Harrison Township – Chesterfield Township 240 M-59 – Selfridge ANG, Utica Signed as exits 240A (east) and 240B (west) eastbound
Chesterfield Township 241 21 Mile Road – Selfridge ANG
243 M-3 / M-29 – Algonac, New Baltimore, Utica
247 M-19 – Richmond, New Haven Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Lenox Township 248 26 Mile Road – Marine City
St. Clair
Casco Township – Columbus Township 257 Richmond, St. Clair
St. Clair Township 262 Wadhams Road
Kimball Township 266 BL I-94 east (Gratiot Road) – Marysville
St. Clair Township 269 Range Road, Dove Street
271 I-69 west – Flint, Lansing, Fort Wayne, Indiana Western end of I-69 concurrency
271 BL I-69 east – Port Huron Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
274 Water Street, Lapeer Avenue - Port Huron
Port Huron 275 BL I-69 west / BL I-94 west / M-25 (Pine Grove Avenue) – Lexington, Downtown Port Huron
Blue Water Bridge over the St. Clair River to Hwy 402
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
     Concurrency terminus     Closed/Former     Incomplete access     Unopened

See also

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  1. ^ a b c d Bessert, Christopher J. (October 22, 2006). "Michigan Highways: Highways 90 through 99". Michigan Highways. Retrieved January 2, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Work to begin April 17 on I-94 project in Benton Harbor" (Press release). Michigan Department of Transportation. April 10, 2006.,1607,7-151-9620_11057-140620--,00.html. 
  3. ^ American Association of State Highway Officials (1957). Route Numbering for the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways (Map). 
  4. ^ Dolley, Brandon. "Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint Freeways". Detroit Rising. Retrieved May 30, 2008. 
  5. ^ "US-12 (Michigan) / I-94".,1607,7-151-9620_11154_11188-29352--,00.html. 
  6. ^ "Preliminary List of Nationally and Exceptionally Significant Features of the Interstate Highway System". Retrieved July 6, 2006. 
  7. ^ "MDOT - 1960s".,1607,7-151-9620_11154_39107-106013--,00.html. 
  8. ^ "The Crash". Northwest Flight 255 Memorial. 2003. Retrieved June 27, 2010. 
  9. ^ American Automobile Association. 1971 AAA Detroit Southern Suburbs (Map). 
  10. ^ "Single-Point Urban Interchange (SPUI)". Michigan Department of Transportation.,1607,7-151-9615_44557-128601--,00.html. 
  11. ^ "I-94 Bridge Builders Go by the Playbook". Detroit Free Press. September 28, 2005. 
  12. ^ "I-94 interchange closes Monday". Battle Creek Enquirer. April 24, 2009. Retrieved April 24, 2009. [dead link]
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