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Single-Point Urban Interchange (SPUI)

What is a Single-Point Urban Interchange?
A Single-Point Urban Interchange (SPUI) is a new type of interchange for Michigan. In a SPUI (pronounced "Spooey"), a single traffic signal at the center of the interchange controls all left turns. Drivers make opposing left-turns at the same time under the protection of this signal.

Since 2004, MDOT has built four of these interchanges:

  • M-6 and Kalamazoo Avenue in Kent County, completed November, 2004
  • US-23/M-59 interchange in Livingston County, completed December, 2004
  • I-96 at Beck Road in Novi, Oakland County, completed October, 2005
  • I-94 at US-24 in Taylor, Wayne County, completed, December 2005

What are the benefits of a SPUI?

  • Can be constructed where there would not be room for a standard interchange--ideal for urban areas
  • Can allow more vehicles to make a turn and clear the interchange in one traffic signal cycle
  • Can be coordinated with cross-street signal systems
  • Allows long, gradual turns so larger vehicles have more room to navigate

Traffic movement though a SPUI
To see how traffic moves through the Beck Road/I-96 SPUI, see this traffic diagram and the diagram of pavement markings.  You can also view a video (4MB) simulation of traffic moving through this interchange.

More information about SPUIs
You can find more information at these sites:

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