- Interstate 94
terminus_a=Jct|state=MT|I|90 near Billings, MT
junction=Jct|state=ND|I|29 in Fargo, ND
Jct|state=MN|I|35W in Minneapolis, MN
Jct|state=MN|I|35E in St. Paul, MN
Jct|state=WI|I|39 in Madison, WI
Jct|state=WI|I|43 in Milwaukee, WI
Jct|state=IL|I|55 in Chicago, IL
Jct|state=IL|I|80 in South Holland, IL
Jct|state=IN|I|65 in Gary, IN
Jct|state=MI|I|75 in Detroit, MI
terminus_b=Jct|state=ON|Hwy|402 at Canadian border on
Blue Water Bridgein Port Huron, MI
Interstate 94 (I-94) is the northernmost east-west
interstate highway, connecting the Great Lakesand Intermountain regions of the United States. Its western terminus is in Billings, Montanaat a junction with Interstate 90; its eastern terminus is the U.S. side of the Blue Water Bridgein Port Huron, Michigan, at the Sarnia, Ontario, Canadaborder, where together with Interstate 69it meets Highway 402. I-94 is the longest interstate highway that does not end in a '0' or '5'; even a few interstates that do end with '0' or '5' are shorter.
Total [http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/reports/routefinder/table1.htm Route Log- Main Routes of the Eisenhower National System Of Interstate and Defense Highways - Table 1 ] ]
Interstate 94 is the only purely east-west interstate to form a direct connection into a foreign country (Canada). No such interstate currently ends at the
U.S.-Mexico border, although I-905 in Californiawill become such when upgrades are completed. At Port Huron, I-94 crosses the Blue Water Bridgeinto Sarnia, Ontarioand becomes Highway 402, which can be used by motorists going to Toronto. I-94's concurrency at that crossing, I-69, is posted east-west in eastern Michigan, but changes to north-south near Lansing and remains north-south in the remainder of Michigan and throughout its run in Indiana.
The route enters at Beach, passes through some beautiful scenery in the
Badlandsnear Medora (near the Theodore Roosevelt National Park(South Unit)). A public rest area about seven miles (11 km) east of Medora provides a scenic view and the Painted Canyon Trail that provides the opportunity to hike through some of the scenery. I-94 then travels east past Bismarck on the way to Fargo where it leaves the state and crosses into Minnesota.
I-94 travels in a northwest-southeast trajectory passing Moorhead and St Cloud prior to traveling through the Twin Cities and heading east out of the state. Leaving Fargo, ND and entering Moorhead, MN, I-94 crosses the Red River. In Minneapolis it crosses the
Mississippi River, and leaving Minnesota between Lakeland, MN and Hudson, WI, I-94 crosses the St. Croix River.Between northbound I-35W and MN-280 in the Twin Cities, the highway is not up to interstate standards because the Minnesota Department of Transportation(Mn/DOT) added a temporary extra lane to help relieve traffic congestion caused by the collapse of the I-35W Mississippi River bridge.
Interstate 94 enters
Wisconsineast of the Twin Cities at the town of Hudson. It passes Eau Claire before turning southeastward and joining with Interstate 90in Tomah and Interstate 39in Portage. I-94 branches off eastward in Madison and travels east to Milwaukee before turning south and heading to Chicago, entering Illinoisat Pleasant Prairie.
In the state of
Illinois, I-94 runs south from Wisconsin to Indiana via downtown Chicago. It is tolled on the Tri-State Tollway to the I-94/I-294 split; it then runs east to the Skokie Highway, where it turns south through the city of Chicago. At Interstate 80, I-94 runs east to Indiana on the Kingery Expressway.
In the state of
Indiana, I-94 runs east from Illinois concurrent with I-80. It crosses Interstate 90( Indiana Toll Road), where I-80 joins I-90 east towards Ohio. I-94 continues northeast, paralleling the Lake Michiganshoreline into Michigan.
I-94 runs north along
Lake Michiganto St. Joseph before heading east on the long road to Detroit. It turns northeast to Port Huron where it meets I-69 and ends at ON Hwy 402 on the Blue Water Bridge.
Chicago, I-94 is being widened from six to eight lanes from Illinois Route 22 (Half Day Road) to just south of the Wisconsin state line at Illinois Route 173and 95th Street to 159th Street.
In 2005, the I-94 bridge over the Crow River near
St. Michael, Minnesota, about convert|35|mi|km northwest of Minneapolis, is being rebuilt. In 2006, a project to widen I-94 east of downtown St. Paul between Minnesota State Highway 120and McKnight Road from four to six lanes was completed.
Marquette Interchange, in downtown Milwaukee, will be completed in 2008 at a cost of $810 million.
The interchange at 95th Ave. N in
Maple Grove, Minnesotais also being rebuilt. A new, wider bridge will replace the two-lane bridge there, which was demolished in July, 2006.
In Detroit, Interstate 94 was routed over the existing
Edsel FordFreeway, and remained signed as such until the late 1980s when Michigan deemphasized proper names on Interstate guide signs. Its interchange with the Lodge Freeway, built in 1953, is significant as the first full-speed freeway-to-freeway interchange built in the United States.cite web|url=http://www.environment.fhwa.dot.gov/histpres/highways_list.asp|title=Preliminary List of Nationally and Exceptionally Significant Features of the Interstate Highway System|accessdate=2006-07-06]
Intersections with other interstates
Interstate 90in Billings, Montana
Interstate 29in Fargo, North Dakota
*Interstate 35W in
Minneapolis, Minnesota; concurrent for less than one mile (1.6 km)
*Interstate 35E in
St. Paul, Minnesota
Interstate 90in Tomah, Wisconsin
Interstate 39at Portage, Wisconsin
Interstate 43in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Interstate 90in Chicago, Illinois
Interstate 55in Chicago, Illinois
Interstate 57in Chicago, Illinois
Interstate 80in South Holland, Illinois
Interstate 65in Gary, Indiana
Interstate 90in Lake Station, Indiana
Interstate 196near Benton Harbor, Michigan
*Interstate 194 in
Battle Creek, Michigan
Interstate 69in Marshall, Michigan
*Interstate 275 in
Interstate 96in Detroit, Michigan
Interstate 75in Detroit, Michigan
Interstate 696in Roseville, Michigan
Interstate 69in Port Huron, Michigan
Bismarck, North Dakota- I-194 (unsigned)
*Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota - I-394, I-494, I-694
Milwaukee, Wisconsin- I-794, I-894
*Chicago, Illinois - I-294 (Tri-State Tollway)
Battle Creek, Michigan- I-194
* [http://www.michiganhighways.org/listings/MichHwys90-99.html#I-094 Interstate 94] at Michigan Highways
* [http://www.wisconsinhighways.org/listings/WiscHwys90-99.html#I-094 Interstate 94] at Wisconsin Highways
* [http://illi-indi.com/il_EndsPage.php?id=3094§ion=1 Illinois Highway Ends: I-94]
* [http://illi-indi.com/EndsPage.php?id=3094§ion=1 Indiana Highway Ends: I-94]
* [http://www.prairiepublic.org/features/redtrail/index.html The Old Red Trail documentary about the history of I-94 in North Dakota]
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