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Michigan Route 5
Eastern Terminus: I-96, Detroit, Wayne County. | Northern Terminus: Pontiac Tr., Commerce Twp., Oakland County.
M-5 was designated in 1977 following the transfer of I-96 onto the then newly-completed I-275 and Jeffries Freeways. When first designated, M-5 followed the former BS I-96 from M-102 down to its current eastern terminus at I-96. However, since the mid-1990s, M-5 has been extended on the northern end three times, corresponding to the gradual extension of a new expressway from the I-96/I-275/I-696 interchange in Farmington Hills northward. At that interchange, M-5 changes from an east/west highway into a north/south one.
| The eastern terminus of M-5 is at I-96
(Exit 185) in Detroit. There is no signage indicating this to be the
endpoint of M-5. However, Grand River Ave. does continue on into downtown
Detroit as an un-signed state-maintained thoroughfare. Interestingly,
M-5 is not mentioned on any of the exit signs for this interchange
off of I-96, just Grand River Ave. (and Schaefer Hwy.).
PHOTO # 1: Howard Goldman, November 3, 2003.
| Originally, the junction of M-5 and M-102
on the border between Livonia and Farmington Hills served as M-5's western
terminus. M-102 then took over for M-5 along Grand River Ave. to the
former starting point of I-96, just northwest of Middlebelt Rd., then
followed the former I-96 up to a terminus at the I-96/I-275/I-696 interchange.
In 1994, the first, but rather short, stretch of a new expressway opened
from the I-96/I-275/I-696 interchange up to a new interchange with 12
Mile Rd. That year, M-102 was truncated to its intersection with M-5,
and M-5 was extended over M-102, and then onto the short expressway
stub. The expressway is known by some locals as the "Haggerty Connector",
referring to the two-lane Haggerty Rd. which parallels M-5 0.5 mile
to the east. In 1998, a new stretch of the expressway opened up to 14
Mile Rd. on the border between Novi and Commerce Township. Along this
2 mile stretch, the only access provided to M-5 is at 13 and 14 Mile
Rds. at intersections which require Michigan
Left maneuvers for left turns. There are no driveways and no other
side roads that impact the expressway.
| Finally, in November 2002, the final
stretch of the M-5 expressway opened up between 14 Mile Rd. and Pontiac
Tr., which serves as M-5's northern terminus. Along the latest extension,
access to M-5 is possible only at Maple Rd. and Pontiac Tr. The first
photo shows that a warning sign alludes to the upcoming end to M-5 in
0.5 mile. The second photo shows the actual M-5 ENDS shield assembly
present at Pontiac Tr. In all, the M-5 expressway is eight lanes from
I-96/I-275/I-696 to Maple Rd., and six lanes from Maple Rd. to Pontiac
PHOTOS # 1 - 2: Howard Goldman, November 2003.
| Here is the starting point of M-5 South
as seen from Westbound Pontiac Tr. A number of guide signs in the area
along Pontiac Tr. and Haggerty Rd. direct traffic toward M-5 South.
PHOTO # 3: Howard Goldman, November 2003.
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Last Updated: February 13, 2004.