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Michigan State Trunkline 14

While in Michigan this past month I drove the entirety of Michigan State Trunkline 14 through Ann Arbor.


M-14 is a 22.25 mile freeway beginning at I-96/I-275 in Plymouth Township of Wayne County and ending in at I-94 Ann Arbor of Washtenaw County.  M-14 was designated over a corridor previously occupied by US 12 in 1956 when the later was shifted to the alignment of I-94.  US 12 on the corridor of present M-14 can been seen on this 1956 Michigan State Highway Map.

1956 State Highway Map

M-14 was built to freeway standards in three segments; the first was built between US 23 east to M-153 in 1964.  M-14 was built up to freeway standards west through Ann Arbor to I-94 in 1965.  The final segment of the M-14 freeway to I-96/I-275 was completed in 1979.  More detail on the history of M-14 can be found on Michigan Highways.

Michigan Highways on M-14

My approach to M-14 westbound was from I-275 south/I-96 west in Plymouth Township.







M-14 westbound enters Washtenaw County and Superior Township.






At Exit 10 M-14 west has a junction with M-153 at Ford Road.



At Exit 8 M-14 west picks up US 23 north.  M-14 west departs US 23 north near Pontiac Trail.










M-14 west traverses through Ann Arbor and ends I-94 westbound.  M-14 has numerous signed exits accessing Michigan Stadium.











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