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Interstate 496

Western Terminus: I-96 / I-69, 2 miles west of Lansing  11.8 miles   Eastern Terminus: I-96, 2 miles southeast of Lansing


Western Terminus


I-496 has its western terminus at the I-96 / I-69 multiplex (Exit 95), west of Lansing.  This sign bridge, located 0.25 mile from the interchange, has the lane distribution signage for west I-496 when it divides into ramps for east I-96 / south I-69 and west I-96 / north I-69, respectively.  Two lanes are allotted to east I-96 / south I-69, while only one lane provides access to west I-96 / north I-69.
(PHOTO # 1: Don Hargraves | November 2002)

Until May 2002, when US 27 still existed in Michigan, it followed I-96 / I-69 through this vicinity.  This photo from 1999 shows that US 27 shields were affixed to the top of the respective guide signs for I-96 / I-69.  In May 2002, US 27 was truncated to Fort Wayne, Indiana.  As a result, the US 27 shields were removed from atop these guide signs, as is shown in the previous photo from November 2002.
(PHOTO # 2: Chris Bessert | 1999)
Here is the sign gantry present at the split of the ramps to east I-96 / south I-69 and west I-96 / north I-69, respectively. No I-496 ENDS signage is present at the western terminus.
(PHOTO # 3: Don Hargraves | November 2002)
These are the respective I-69 / I-96 shield assemblies located at the gore point for the eastern end of I-496.
(PHOTO # 4: Don Hargraves | November 2002)
In 1999, when US 27 multiplexed with I-96 / I-69 through here, respective south and north US 27 shields were attached to the top of these same assemblies at the gore point.  They too were removed when US 27 was eliminated north of Fort Wayne in May 2002.
(PHOTO # 5: Chris Bessert | 1999)

The first acknowledgement of the upcoming I-496 interchange on east I-96 / south I-69 is at the M-43 / BL I-69 interchange (Exit 93), 0.75 mile away.  The M-43 interchange marks the western terminus of the Lansing BL I-69.
(PHOTO # 6: Don Hargraves | November 2002)

With three through lanes for I-96 / I-69 in this area, a fourth lane is added when the on-ramp from east M-43 merges in. It promptly becomes an exit only lane for I-496.
(PHOTO # 7: Don Hargraves | November 2002)
This is the sign gantry present as the ramp which leads to the start of east I-496 departs from east I-96 / south I-69.
(PHOTO # 8: Don Hargraves | November 2002)
This guide sign announcing the I-496 interchange, 0.75 mile ahead, is on north I-69, attached to the Millett Highway overpass.  This sign is posted before north I-69 merges with east I-96.  Interestingly, there is no like advance exit signage for the I-496 interchange on east I-96 at this point, as of November 2002.
(PHOTO # 9: Don Hargraves | November 2002)
Four lanes result from the merge of north I-69 with east I-96. The rightmost lane of these four becomes exit only for I-496. While this is the second guide sign for I-496 on north I-69, this is only the first one for east I-96.
(PHOTO # 10: Don Hargraves | November 2002)
 

Eastern Terminus


After multiplexing with US 127 for its final 3 miles, east I-496 comes to an end at I-96 (Exit 106), southeast of Lansing.  This guide sign on the Dunckel Road overpass is the first acknowledgement of the upcoming I-96 interchange on east I-496 / south US 127, 0.75 mile ahead.
(PHOTO # 1: John Harmon | September 2, 2002)
A third lane opens up on east I-496 / south US 127 as it passes underneath the second-to-last sign gantry before I-96, 0.25 mile before the interchange.  While the left lane is exit only for east I-96, the center lane allows for access to either south US 127 or east I-96, and the right lane permits movement to either west I-96 or south US 127.
(PHOTO # 2: John Harmon | September 2, 2002)
Here is the sign truss present at the partitioning of the ramps to I-96 from south US 127.  With that, east I-496 comes to an end.  As is the case with the western endpoint, there is no I-496 ENDS signage located at this terminus, either.
(PHOTO # 3: Don Hargraves | November 2002)
Don points out that drivers heading north on US 127 will not see any signs alluding to the beginning of I-496 as they approach the I-96 interchange.  The first mention of I-496 is not until the first westbound reassurance marker, shown here.
(PHOTO # 4: Don Hargraves | March 8, 2003)



These three photos present the series of signage leading up to the eastern I-496 interchange along east I-96.
(PHOTOS # 5 - 7: Don Hargraves | March 8, 2003)
On west I-96 is this sign bridge, located at the divergence of the ramp which leads to the beginning of west I-496.
(PHOTO # 8: John Harmon | September 2, 2002)

Links


  • I-496 @ AARoads Interstate Guide (Alex Nitzman / Andy Field)
  • I-496 @ Michigan Highways (Chris Bessert)
     


  • 2002-03, Michigan Highway Ends
    Page Created: November 22, 2002
    Last Updated: May 5, 2003