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M-96 Western Terminus: BL I-94 on the east side of Kalamazoo (cnr King Hwy & BL I-94)
Eastern Terminus: I-69 at Exit 36 west of Marshall, at jct I-69 & BL I-94
Length: Updated 33.335 miles
Map: Route Map of M-96
Notes: One of the many changes occurring as part of the Rationalization process was the addition of more than 50 miles of formerly county roads and city streets in Calhoun Co into the state highway system. The actual transfers took place October 31, 1998, but it was not until 2000 that the various realignments and new routings in and around Battle Creek were signed. In Battle Creek, the routing of M-96 was changed to encompass some of the newly-transferred highways, being nearly doubled in length, continuing easterly from its former terminus concurrently with BL I-94 via Dickman Rd, then joining the newly-rerouted M-37 via Helmer Rd southerly from Dickman to Columbia Ave, where M-37 turns west. There, the new extension of M-96 turns easterly via Columbia Ave and travels across the city of Battle Creek to BL I-94/E Michigan Ave, running concurrently with that route to I-94 (at Exit 104). Then M-96 continues by itself to I-69 at Marshall. Ironically, Columbia Ave was originally constructed as a state highway in 1935 and 1940 as a US-12 southern bypass of Battle Creek, and was in use as a state trunkline until US-12 was transferred onto the new I-94/US-12 freeway in 1959. In addition, the portion of Michigan Ave between I-94 (at Exit 104) and I-69 (at Exit 36) was also originally part of US-12. Prior to the recent change, which resulted in a net gain of 17.77 miles, M-96 was 19.00 miles long.
M-96 owes a debt of gratitude to the existence of I-94, for most of today's M-96 follows portions of highways which were superceeded by the I-94 freeway, namely US-12.
History: 1926 - M-96 is created from a former routing of M-17 from Galesburg to downtown Battle Creek. When Most of M-17 in Michigan is replaced in 1926 by US-12, the US-12 routing utilizes a different alignment than M-17 had used between Galesburg and Battle Creek. That former segment of M-17 which didn't become US-12 was designated M-96. In Battle Creek, sources show M-96 is concurrently routed M-37 via Michigan Ave through downtown, both ending at US-12 at the intersection of Michigan Ave & James St east of downtown.
  1936 - Minor changes occur in downtown Battle Creek. First, the concurrent M-37 routing with M-96 is scaled back from ending (with M-96) at US-12 at James St & Michigan Ave to end at M-78/Capital Ave. Second, a brand-new US-12A designation is routed through downtown Battle Creek, joining M-96/M-37 from Angell St easterly, continuing with M-96 past M-78/Capital Ave to end at US-12, along with M-96, at US-12 east of downtown.
  c.1937 - With a rerouting of US-12 in the Battle Creek area, US-12A's concurrency is scaled back to the portion of M-96 from M-78/Capital Ave to US-12 at James St. The former US-12A/M-37/M-96 routing via Michigan Ave through downtown reverts back to just M-37/M-96.
  1939 - By 1939, US-12A in Battle Creek is removed altogether. M-96 retains its designation along Michigan Ave, however.
  1941 - More changes in downtown Battle Creek. First, the concurrent M-37 is scaled back to end at M-96 northwest of downtown. M-96 now continues on its own via Michigan Ave into downtown. Second, a new BUS US-12 designation is created when US-12 is rerouted onto Columbia Ave east of M-78/Capital Ave. The new BUS US-12 designation runs concurrently with M-96, which is also extended from James St to end at US-12/Columbua Ave intersection.
  1944 - A new state-constructed highway, Dickman Rd, is built to connect Fort Custer with Battle Creek. While not receiving a route designation at this time, Dickman Rd would later figure prominently into M-96's history.
  1954 - With the rerouting of US-12 from Kalamazoo to east of Galesburg onto a completely new alignment, M-96 is extended weserly via the former route of US-12 from Galesburg through Comstock, ending at US-12 on the east side of Kalamazoo. (The former US-12A via Michigan Ave from M-96 at Comstock into Kalamazoo is turned back to local control and does not become M-96A.)
  1958 - M-96 through downtown Battle Creek is turned into a pair of one-way streets. At Wood St, M-96 eastbound now turns southerly for one block via Wood to Jackson St, then easterly via Jackson to Main St, where M-96 merges back with the original routing of M-96/BUS US-12. The former two-way route of M-96 (and M-96/BUS US-12) via Michigan Ave between Wood St and Main St becomes one-way westbound.
  1959 - With the completion of the I-94/US-12 freeway around Battle Creek, M-96 and BUS US-12 are extended easterly via Michigan Ave to terminate at the new freeway (at present-day Exit 104). Also, westbound M-96 is rerouted off Michigan Ave. Now westbound M-96/BUS US-12 turns northerly onto Elm St, then westerly via Van Buren St past downtown (BUS US-12 leaves the route at M-78/Capital Ave), rejoining Michigan Ave west of downtown. The former westbound route via Michigan Ave from Main St to Wood St is turned back to local control.
  1960 - BUS US-12 at Battle Creek is redesignated as BL I-94. A t the same time, M-96 is scaled back to end at M-78/BL I-94/Capital Ave.
  1961 - Twenty years after removing the concurrent M-37 designation, the route of M-96 into downtown Battle Creek from M-37 is once again co-signed with M-37, much as it was 1926-1941.
  1965 - M-96 is scaled back to end at M-89 west of Battle Creek near the Calhoun/Kalamazoo Co line. The former M-96 from M-89 to M-37/Bedford Rd becomes an extension of M-89, while the formerly concurrent M-37/M-96 from there into downtown Battle Creek becomes just M-37.
  1971 - M-96 is rerouted to continue easterly from Augusta via Fort Custer Hwy (in Kalamazoo Co) and Dickman Rd (in Calhoun Co), terminating at BL I-94 near Springfield. The former route via Augusta Dr from Augusta to M-89 is turned back to local control.
  1998 (Oct 31) - The route of M-96 is extended easterly via BL I-94/Dickman Rd to Helmer Rd, which is newly-designated as M-37, then southerly vith M-37 via Helmer Rd to Columbia Ave, where M-37 turns westerly and M-96 turns easterly to follow Columbia Ave across Battle Creek to BL I-94/Michigan Ave east of downtown. From there, M-96 continues concurrently with BL I-94/Michigan Ave to I-94 at Exit 104 (where BL I-94 ends) and continues solo via Michigan Ave to Marshall, where it now terminates at I-69/US-27.
  2000 - MDOT finally lets contracts to sign the realignment of M-96 as well as the many other realigned and newly-created state trunkline routes in and around Battle Creek
Freeway/Expwy: No portion of M-96 is freeway or expressway.
NHS: From the westernmost jct of BL I-94 & M-96 (cnr of Dickman Rd & Martin Luther King Dr) in western Battle Creek to I-94 Exit 104 east of Battle Creek.
Photographs:
Weblinks: M-96 @ Michigan Highway Ends - photos of the termini of M-96 at Dan Garnell's excellent Michigan Highway Ends website.

M-97 Southern Terminus: M-3/Gratiot Ave in northeastern Detroit (cnr Gunston Ave & Gratiot Ave)
Northern Terminus: M-59/Hall Rd on the Clinton Twp/Macomb Twp border north of Mount Clemens (cnr Groesbeck Hwy, North Rd & Hall Rd)
Length: Updated 17.211 miles
Map: Route Map of M-97
Notes: Known as Gunston Ave and Hoover Ave between M-3/Gratiot Ave and M-102/Eight Mile Rd in Detroit, and as Groesbeck Hwy between M-102 and M-59/Hall Rd. Governor Alexander J. Groesbeck (1873-1953), who held that office from 1921 to 1926, was an early supporter of "good roads" in the state of Michigan. (Biography of Governor Groesbeck from the Mackinac Center website.)
History: 1923 (Mar 12) New! - A new 12.0-mile state trunkline route with the designation M-97 is determined in Oscoda Co along a mixture of existing and not-yet-constructed roads. From M-33 in downtown Mio, the new M-97 runs southerly for 2 miles via Mount Tom Rd, then westerly 1 mile along Boerner Rd before turning south via Stitt Rd for a mile, continuing for 2½ more miles along an unconstructed facility to the center of Sec.12 where it turns easterly along an unconstructed road for 1½ miles, turning southerly to run (generally) along Hoy Rd for 3½ miles, then another mile along an unconstructed facility to a terminus on the Oscoda/Ogemaw Co line southeast of Happy Lake.
  1925 (Oct 24) New! - Just 2½ years after being officially designated along a mixture of existing and unbuilt roadways from Mio southerly, the route of M-97 is transferred to a more direct route, running due southerly along Mount Tom Rd for 10.1 miles from downtown Mio to a terminus at the Oscoda/Ogemaw Co Line near Loon Lake. The former route is either transferred to local control (for the constructed portions) or left unconstructed (for the unbuilt segments).
  1927 (July 21) New! - It is assumed the M-97 designation from Mio southerly to the Oscoda/Ogemaw Co line is officially supplanted by a rerouting of the M-33 designation due southerly from Mio at this point (or earlier), as a 10.7-mile state trunkline route is officially designated along Reid Hwy (present-day Groesbeck Hwy) in Macomb Co. This second iteration of M-97 begins at M-102/Eight Mile Rd on the Detroit city limit and ending at Harrington Blvd at the southern limit of Mount Clemens, although only the segment from M-102/Eight Mile Rd to 14 Mile Rd in Fraser may be signed or open to traffic initially.
  1931 Updated - By 1931, M-97 has been extended northerly via Reid Hwy to present-day Harrington Blvd. The route of M-97 then turns easterly via a "Marked and Maintained" segment (not officially a state trunkline highway route, but signed as part of a trunkline route and maintained by the State temporarily) to end at US-25/Gratiot Ave in Mt Clemens.
  1932 - M-97 is extended southerly into Detroit via Hoover Rd and Gunston Ave to end at US-25/Gratiot Ave northeast of downtown.
  1949 Updated - With the extension of Groesbeck Hwy northerly to M-59/Hall Rd, M-97 is routed northerly as well. The former route between Groesbeck Hwy and US-25/Gratiot Ave in Mt Clemens via Harrington Blvd was a "Marked and Maintained" route with jurisdiction remaining in local hands, but state trunkline marking and maintenance is now discontinued.
  1991 (Nov 5) - The portion of Hillsdale St from Groesbeck Hwy to Harrington Blvd in the southwestern portion of Mount Clemens is turned back to local control. This segment of Hillsdale had been part of M-97 prior to 1949.
Freeway/Expwy: No portion of M-97 is freeway or expressway.
Photographs:
Weblinks: M-97 @ Michigan Highway Ends - photos of the termini of M-18 at Dan Garnell's excellent Michigan Highway Ends website.

M-99 Southern Terminus: Ohio state line (connection w/OH SR-15) southeast of Frontier, 18 miles south of Hillsdale
Northern Terminus: I-496/Ransom E Olds Frwy at Exit 5 in Lansing at jct with Capitol Loop (cnr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd [both nbd & sbd] & St Joseph St)
Length: Updated 86.081 miles
Map: Route Map of M-99
Notes: Until 1939, what is now M-99 was designated as M-9. At that time, every single-digit state trunkline route was given a two- or three-digit route designation, reportedly to reserve all single-digit designations for a planned network of "superhighways" across the state. While this single-digit-designated "superhighway" network never quite came to be and many of the single-digit route designations were later re-used beginning in the 1970s, the M-9 designation has never been re-used.
During the early 1990s, all of Logan St in the city of Lansing was co-named M L King Jr Blvd. Later, all Logan St signs were removed and the street became known only as M L King Jr Blvd within the city, including all of M-99 north of I-96. While MDOT was able to use "M-99 - Logan St/M L King Blvd" on the large overhead signs on I-496 during a mid-1990s re-signing project, all exit signs on I-96 at Exit 101 read "M-99 - Logan St/Eaton Rapids." MDOT, however, did erect smaller auxillary signs before the interchange indicating the M L King Jr Blvd name. In 1999, MDOT covered up "Logan St" on the I-496 exit signs, while brand-new "M-99 - M L King Blvd/Eaton Rapids" signs were erected on I-96.
History: 1923 - M-99 is designated via a former route of M-11 (the West Michigan Pike), beginning at M-11 in Montague and heading westerly, then northerly parallel to M-11, ending at M-11 between New Era and Shelby. More specifically, the route of M-99 along present-day roads is: westerly from Montague via Dowling, Lamos and Post Rds, then northerly via Old 99, Meinert, and Indian Bay Rds to the Muskegon/Oceana Co line. In Oceana Co, M-99 runs via present-day 56th Ave, Arthur Rd, 64th Ave and Hayes Rd, ending at Oceana Dr. It is interesting to note, however, that some official State Highway Department records show the new route of M-11 from Montague through Rothbury and New Era is not officially determined as a state trunkline, although all maps show M-11 clearly following that route and M-99 taking over its former route.
  1927 (Dec 31) - The Muskegon Co portion of M-99 is offically cancelled and turned back to county control and the apparently-signed route of US-31 (recently commissioned along M-11) from Montague due northerly to the Muskegon/Oceana Co line is determined as a state trunkline highway. Since the same changes will not be made in Oceana Co for nearly another year, one could assume: 1) that the M-99 signs were removed from Muskegon but not Oceana, 2) that all markers were left in place until the Oceana transfer could take place, or 3) that all M-99 markers are removed in anticipation of the transfer in Oceana.
  1928 (Dec 18) - The Oceana Co portion of M-99 is turned back to local control and, similar to the 1927 changes noted above, US-31 (nee M-11) is officially determined from the Muskgon Co line northerly through Rothbury to New Era. If they had not already been removed, all M-99 route markers were likely taken down at this time.
  1929 (Dec 2) - A 7.8 mile long spur-route in Schoolcraft Co, which was labled as M-137 on a 1930 State Highway Dept map, is determined on this date. It is unclear whether any M-137 markers are erected on this road, as construction was not completed until 1931 when it is redesignated as M-99.
  1931 - The M-137 spur-route in Schoolcraft Co is redesignated as M-99, presumably as physical construction on the road is completed and it opens to traffic. (The M-137 designation is transferred to Grand Traverse Co.) M-99 now begins at US-2 at White Dale (present-day Gulliver) 14 miles east of downtown Manisitque, and proceeds to the Lake Michigan shore 7 miles to the southeast.
  1933 - Official MSHD maps this year show M-99 as being scaled back by three miles, theoretically ending at Co Rd 431, the road leading to Seul Choix Point Lighthouse, although the full 7.8-mile route to the Schoolcraft/Mackinac Co line remains determined as a trunkline.
  1934 - In mid-1934, the official MDSH maps show M-99 as re-extended to the east, this time by an extra mile for a total of approximately eight, terminating at Port Inland, on the Schoolcraft/Mackinac Co line.
  1937 (July 13) - The second iteration of M-99 comes to an end when the Schoolcraft Co route of M-99 between Gulliver (formerly White Dale) and Port Inland is turned back to local control as Co Rd 432.
  1940 (Spring) - The third iteration of M-99 debuts as a part of a drive by the State Highway Dept to remove all single-digit route designations, reserving them for a future "Superhighway" program. The M-99 designation, utilized until 1937 in Schoolcraft Co, is then transferred onto the routing of M-9 from the Ohio state line to Lansing, completely supplanting it.
  1940 (Nov 12) - Both M-60 and M-99 are rerouted in Homer. The former route of M-60 (and M-99 east of Hillsdale St) along Main and Byron Sts is turned back to local control while Leigh St one block north of Main is determined as the new trunkline routing. Interestingly, though, the one block of Hillsdale St from Main St (former M-60) to Leigh St (new M-60) is not transferred to state control, meaning that while M-99 route markers are likely erected along that one block, it technically remains a city street.
  1945 - M-99 is slightly realigned near Dimondale from present-day Bailey Rd onto its present alignment; the former route is turned back to local control.
  1946 - The final 8 gravel-surfaced miles of M-99 are paved, between Frontier and the Ohio state line.
  1952-54 - In mid-1952, the 8-mile stretch of M-99 between Litchfield and Homer reverts back to gravel-surfaced from being paved for many years. It isn't until 1954 that the section is again hard-surfaced.
  1953 (Nov 6) - The one block of Hillsdale St in downtown Homer from Main St to M-60/Leigh St is transferred to the state, rectifying what was likely an oversight in the jurisdictional transfers in Homer in late-1940.
  1960 (Jan 6) - With the completion of the I-94/US-12 freeway around Albion, the formerly concurrent US-12/M-99 stretch in the area becomes M-99/BUS US-12. In addition, a very slight 2/10th mile realignment to the route of M-99/BUS US-12 from the I-94/US-12 freeway southerly to Michigan Ave is officially certified.
  1960 - The BUS US-12 routing at Albion is redesignated as BL I-94, meaning the concurrent M-99/BUS US-12 routing becomes M-99/BL I-94.
  1966 (Oct 4) - M-99 is realigned in Hillsdale Co. Formerly running via Montgomery Rd through Frontier, then northerly via Hillsdale Rd into Hillsdale, M-99 now runs due northerly via Pioneer Rd (partially constructed on new alignment) to M-34 near Osseo, then continues northwesterly replacing the M-34 designation into Hillsdale. The more-direct new routing shaves about one mile from the route of M-99 and the former route is turned back to local control. The new route is opened to traffic in late September and officially determined as a state trunkline route on Oct 4.
  1966 (Oct 4) New! - Also on this date, the route of M-99 through downtown Hillsdale is officially modified to travel around the east and north sides of the "downtown triangle." M-66 formerly entered downtown Hillsdale from the south via Howell St, meeting M-34 at its western terminus at the six-way intersection of Howell St, North St & Broad St, with M-34 approaching from the southeast along Broad St. M-66 then veered northwesterly along Broad St for one block (along the west side of the "downtown triangle," then turned westerly via Carlton Rd toward Jonesville. Now, M-66 approaches downtown Hillsdale from the southeast along Broad St (the former route of M-34—see above), then turns notherly at North St to follow Hillsdale St for one block along the east side of the "downtown triangle," before turning westerly via Carleton Rd toward Jonesville. An uncrossable barrier now separates the trunkline traffic (Broad St southeast of North St and Hillsdale St from North St northerly) from accessing Howell St (south of North St) and Broad St (northwest of North St).
  1975 (Mar 6) - M-99 between Hillsdale and Jonesville is completely reconstructed, largely on a new, modern alignment with less sharp turns and a new sweeping curve on the south side of Jonesville. Two segments of the former alignment to surive—e.g. that were not obliterated by the new highway—remain as unsigned/old state trunklines, both officially designated internally as OLD M-99. The segments include Beck Rd on the north side of Hillsdale, looping west of the new highway, and Beck Rd/St from south of Jonesville northerly into the village, to the east of the new highway.
  1975 (Apr 1) - The conversion of Logan St (Martin Luther King Jr Blvd) in Lansing commences with the determination of approximately 0.45 mile of new trunkline beginning at Alsdorf St and running northwesterly to the Grand River then northerly to the intersection of Birch St & Olds Ave. This route will become the new southbound side of M-99 once the project is complete, although M-99 route markers may have been erected at this time.
  1977 (Dec 1) - A dozen years before the creation of the Capitol Loop in Lansing, the northern terminus of M-99 is reconfigured into a one-way pair in the area of the I-496 interchange. Logan St (present-day Martin Luther King Jr Blvd) from St Joseph St (the I-496 wbd service drive) northerly to Kalamazoo St is transferred to state control as the northound route, while a new 0.95-mile long southbound connector is officially assumed into the trunkline system beginning at the cnr of Logan & Kalamazoo running southwesterly to the cnr of Birch St & St Joseph St. Birch from St Joseph St southerly to Olds Ave, now the new sbd side of M-99, is also transferred to state control. While the M-99 markers officially end at I-496/US-27, the state trunkline itself extends northerly from the freeway via Logan-Birch to end at Kalamazoo St.
  1980 - A major reconstruction project along M-99 from Petrieville Hwy just north of Eaton Rapids northerly to just north of Holt Hwy near Dimondale is completed, widening M-99 from a two-lane highway to a four-lane divided facility.
  2007 New! - The route of M-99 through downtown Hillsdale is reconstructed and reconfigured, essentially reversing the changes made in 1966. Once again, Broad St through downtown Hillsdale is opened to through traffic and M-99 traffic again passes the "downtown triangle" to the west before turning westerly via Carleton Rd toward Jonesville. This reduces the number of turns required to stay on M-99 through downtown Hillsdale from two to one and removes what may have been a confusing pattern to the streets in the downtown area. While the project is completed in 2007, the official jurisdictional transfers would not occur until the middle of the following winter.
  2008 (Feb 20) New! - The jurisdictional transfers related to the reconfiguration of M-99 through downtown Hillsdale in 2007 are made official. Two street segments are transferred from MDOT to City of Hillsdale control, while one city street segment becomes a state trunkline. The former route of M-99 along Carleton Rd from Broad St southeasterly to Hillsdale St (0.05 mile) and Hillsdale St from Carleton Rd southerly to Broad St (0.05 mile) is tranferred to the City as a City Major Street. The new route of M-99 along Broad St from Howell St at North St northerly to Carleton Rd (0.09 mile) is officially transferred to MDOT jurisdiction, resulting in a net loss of 0.01 mile to the overall length of M-99.
Freeway/Expwy: No portion of M-99 is freeway or expressway.
Continue on: OH SR-15 into Ohio - John Simpson's Website
Photographs:
Weblinks: M-99 @ Michigan Highway Ends - photos of the termini of M-99 at Dan Garnell's excellent Michigan Highway Ends website.

 

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