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U.S. Route 127 shield
U.S. Highway 127
Maintained by MDOT
Length: 214.12 mi[1] (344.59 km)
Formed: November 11, 1926[2][3]
South end: US 127 at Ohio state line
US 12 near Somerset

I-94 near Jackson
I-96 near Lansing
I-69 near East Lansing
US 10 near Clare

North end: I-75 near Grayling
Counties: Lenawee, Jackson, Ingham, Clinton, Gratiot, Isabella, Clare, Roscommon, Crawford
Michigan highways
< M-126 M-129 >

U.S.Highway 127 (US 127) is a part of the United States Numbered Highway System that runs from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to the Lower Peninsula of the US state of Michigan. In Michigan, it is a state trunkline highway that runs for 214.12 miles (344.59 km), entering from Ohio south of Hudson and ending at a partial interchange with I-75 south of Grayling. Prior to 2002, US 127 ended at I-69 north of East Lansing, a total of approximately 83 miles (134 km).

US 127 is the primary route connecting Lansing and Central Michigan to Northern Michigan and the Mackinac Bridge. From the south side of Jackson northerly, it is mostly a four-lane freeway, with the notable exception of a 16-mile (26 km) stretch from north of St. Johns to just south of Ithaca, where access to the road is not limited and speeds are restricted to 55 miles per hour (89 km/h).


Route description

US 127 enters Michigan as a two-lane highway south of Hudson following the course (with minor deviations) of the Michigan Meridian used to survey Michigan in the early 19th century. That stretch is called Meridian Road north to Jackson. From the state line north, US 127 follows the HillsdaleLenawee county line north to Hudson and curves east into Addison. North of Addison is the intersection with US 223 at the northern/western terminus of US 223, and about a mile (1.6 km) farther north, US 12 in rural northwest Lenawee County, east of Somerset. US 127 continues northward to the Jackson area where it becomes a full freeway along the east side of Jackson. When US 127 and I-94 meet on the city's northeast side, they join together westward before US 127 splits off northward. The US 127 freeway continues northward through Leslie and Mason to the Lansing area.[4]

US 127 through Lansing

In the Lansing area, US 127 follows the I-496/Ransom E. Olds Freeway around the city's east side north of I-96. Right near the Red Cedar River, just west of the Michigan State University campus, I-496 and US 127 separate as US 127 continues north and I-496 turns west. US 127 meets I-69 at the 1998–2002 terminus of the highway. From here north, US 127 follows the former US&nbps;27 north to Grayling. The freeway ends north of St. Johns. From here north to near Ithaca, US 127 is a four-lane highway with an interchange at M-57 in southern Gratiot County.

While there is as of July 2009 no plan to convert this section to freeway as has been planned in the past, there is local interest in having parcels purchased by the Michigan Department of Transportation for the conversion stay in the ownership of MDOT in order to complete the conversion in the future.[5] However, a recession in the past several years has put freeway upgrade plans on hold. Traffic in that area is not heavy enough to warrant an upgrade since there are no traffic lights since the construction of an interchange at M-57. The non-freeway stretch is only 20 miles (32 km), and it does not significantly slow down summer vacation traffic.

South of Ithaca, the highway becomes a freeway again for the remainder of its routing. US 127 crosses the Pine River in Alma and runs near the campus of Central Michigan University, crossing the Chippewa River in Mt. Pleasant. Mt. Pleasant is also home to the Saginaw Band of Chippewa Indians and their tribal reservation.[4]

There is a welcome center in the median of US 127/US 10 in Clare. US 127 continues north through the community of Harrison, county seat of Clare County. The freeway serves the resort areas of Houghton Lake and Higgins Lake in Roscommon County before ending 4 miles (6 km) south of Grayling at a partial interchange with I-75. Traffic along US 127 northbound has access to northbound I-75 and southbound traffic on I-75 can access US 127 southbound.[4]


US 127 debuted with the rest of the U.S. Highways in 1926. This new designation replaced part or all of M-14, M-23, M-34 and M-80.[2][3][6] US 127 originally ran from the Toledo, Ohio area through Adrian to Jackson and Lansing. The southern end of US 127 was rerouted in 1930 from Somerset south to Hudson and on to Cincinnati, Ohio. The section of former US 127 between Somerset and Toledo became US 223.[7] The city of Mason was bypassed in 1954. The former route through town was designated BUS US 127 at the time.[8] The US 127 expressway was first started in 1957 with an extension south of Mason to Leslie.[9] A further extension to Jackson was opened in 1958.[10] By 1964 this expressway was converted to full freeway, complete with interchanges and the BUS US 127.[11] The US 127 freeway was extended north to the Lansing area by 1968. Near Lansing, it is routed along I-496 to the north side of Lansing and East Lansing to connect with US 27.[12] The last extension of US 127 for another 11 years was completed in 1973 when the freeway was completed north to DeWitt.[13] Two changes took place in the routing of US 127 in the 1980s as the I-69 freeway was completed. The northern Lansing bypass was completed in 1984[14] and I-69 was built through Clinton County in 1987.[15] These changes routed I-69 along a portion of US 127 near DeWitt and removed a TEMP I-69 routing from US 127 on the east side of Lansing. The opening of the St. John's Bypass on 1998-08-31 shortened US 127 by almost 2 miles (3 km) while US 27 was routed along the I-69 freeway between exits 87 and 89 to connect with the new freeway northward.[16]

The Michigan Department of Transportation petitioned the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) for approval to remove US 27 from Michigan in 1999. This would remove the 88-mile (142 km) concurrency of I-69 and US 27 south of the Lansing area. MDOT proposed that US 127 be extended north over the former US 27 to Grayling. AASHTO approved this change on 1999-04-16[17] nearly tripling the highway from 83 miles (134 km) to 214 miles (344 km). The highway markers were changed over in 2002, converting US 27 and the BUS US 27 routes to US 127 and BUS US 127 routes.[18]

Interstate 73

I-73 (Future).svg

The original defined alignment of I-73 would have simply run along Interstate 75 to Detroit. However, the definition was amended in 1995 to have a branch along the U.S. Route 223 corridor to south of Jackson and the U.S. Route 127 corridor (formerly U.S. Route 27 north of Lansing until 2002) north to I-75 near Grayling. From Grayling it would terminate at I-75. Except south of Jackson, where it is a two-lane road (as well as a brief stretch of road north of Lansing where the freeway reverts to a divided highway with grade-level intersections[19]), this is mostly a rural four-lane freeway. MDOT abandoned further study of I-73 in 1998, since existing freeways make up the vast majority of the specified corridor, although not all freeway segments are built to Interstate Highway standards. MDOT has plans to upgrade the few remaining non-freeway segments, but it is expected that the routes will retain their original designations instead of receiving the I-73 designation.

Major intersections

US 127 was updated with exit numbers on the freeway sections as of 2008.

County Location Mile # Destinations Notes
Lenawee Medina Township 0.000   US 127 Southern terminus at MichiganOhio state line
Hudson     M-34Hudson  
Woodstock Township     US 223Adrian  
    US 12Somerset  
Jackson Summit Township   34
BUS US 127 / M-50Jackson
Freeway Begins
Leoni Township   36 South Street  
  38 Page Avenue  
  39 BL I-94 (Michigan Avenue)  
  40 I-94 east – Ann Arbor East end of I-94/US 127 concurrency; Concurrent portion of freeway uses I-94 exit numbers
Blackman Charter Township   141 Elm Avenue  
  139 M-106 (Cooper Street) – Stockbridge  
I-94 west – Battle Creek

BUS US 127 / M-50Jackson, Napoleon

West end of I-94/US 127 concurrency; south end of M-50 concurrency; Signed as 43A (east) and 43B (west) southbound
  44 Springport Road
Shirley Drive
Northbound access at Shirley Drive
  45 Parnall Road Southbound interchange provides access to westbound M-50 via Clinton Way
  46 M-50 west – Eaton Rapids, Charlotte Northbound exit and southbound entrance; north end of M-50 concurrency
Rives Township   51 Berry Road – Rives Junction  
Ingham Leslie   56 Bellevue Road – Leslie  
Vevay Township   61 Barnes Road  
  64 Kipp Road – Mason  
Mason   66 M-36 (Cedar Street) – Mason  
Alaiedon Township   70 Holt Road – Holt  
Delhi Charter Township   73 I-96Grand Rapids, Detroit
Numbered as 73 A&B; south end of I-496 concurrency, freeway uses I-496 exit numbers
Lansing   11 Jolly Road  
  9 Trowbridge Road Marked as exit 75 on southbound US 127
  76 Kalamazoo Street
Michigan Avenue
Northbound exit and southbound entrance
  77 I-496  - Downtown Lansing North end of I-496 concurrency; exit 8 on I-496
  78 BL I-69 / M-43 (Grand River Avenue, Saginaw Street) – Grand Ledge, Okemos  
Clinton East Lansing   79 Lake Lansing Road  
DeWitt Charter Township   82 I-69Flint, Marshall Numbered as 82 A&B
Olive Township   86 Round Lake Road – DeWitt  
BUS US 127 (Price Road) – St. Johns
Bingham Township   96 M-21Ionia, Owosso  
BUS US 127 (OLD US 27) – St. Johns
End of freeway
Gratiot Washington Township   109 M-57 (Cleveland Avenue) – Greenville, Chesaning Diamond interchange
Ithaca   117
BUS US 127 (Center Street, Washington Road) – Ithaca
Freeway begins
BUS US 127 (Polk Road) – Ithaca
Emerson Township   123
BUS US 127 north (Lincoln Road) – Alma
Business loop through Alma; Northbound exit and southbound entrance
BUS US 127 (State Road) – St. Louis
Business loop through St. Louis
Pine River Township   127
BUS US 127 south / M-46St. Louis

BUS US 127Alma
Exit 127 A is northern terminus of BUS US 127 for St. Louis
Exit 127 B is northern terminus of BUS US 127 for Alma; Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Isabella Shepherd   135 Wright Avenue/Blanchard Road – Shepherd  
Mt. Pleasant   139
BUS US 127 north (Mission Street) – Mt. Pleasant
Northbound exit and southbound entrance
  143 M-20 (Pickard Street) – Big Rapids, Midland  
BUS US 127 south (Mission Street) – Mt. Pleasant
Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Rosebush   149 Rosebush Road – Rosebush  
Clare   156
BUS US 127 north – Clare
Northbound entrance and southbound exit; access to eastbound US 10 by way of BUS US 10
Clare   158 US 10 east – Midland South end of US 127/US 10 concurrency
Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Concurrency uses US 127 exit numbers
BUS US 127 south (Clare Avenue) / BUS US 10 east – Clare
  162 US 10 west to M-115Reed City, Cadillac Northern end of US 127/US 10 concurrency
Hayes Township   168 Mannsiding Road – Lake George  
Harrison   170
BUS US 127 / M-61 (Clare Avenue) – Harrison
Hayes Township   176
BUS US 127 (Clare Avenue) – Harrison
Roscommon Roscommon Township   189 Snow Bowl Road  
Houghton Lake   194 M-55 (Lake City Road) – Lake City, West Branch Signed as exits 194A (east) and 194B (west) southbound
Lyon Township   201 West Higgins Lake Road  
Crawford Beaver Creek Township   206 Military Road
North Higgins Lake Road
    I-75Mackinac Bridge, Saginaw Exit 249 on I-75; northern terminus of US 127
Concurrency terminus Unconstructed


  1. ^ Bessert, Christopher J. (January 1, 2008). "Michigan Highways: Highways 120 through 139". Michigan Highways. Retrieved May 24, 2008.  
  2. ^ a b Weingroff, Richard F. (January 9, 2009). "From Names to Numbers: The Origins of the U.S. Numbered Highway System". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved April 21, 2009.  
  3. ^ a b Bureau of Public Roads. United States System of Highways [map]. (1926) Retrieved on May 10, 2008.
  4. ^ a b c Michigan Department of Transportation. Official 2008 Department of Transportation Map [map], 1 in:15 mi/1 cm:9 km. (2008) Section H10-N11.
  5. ^ Rook, Christine (July 12, 2009). "Finishing U.S. 127 still has support". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved July 13, 2009.  
  6. ^ Michigan State Highway Department. State of Michigan [map]. Cartography by MSHD. (July 1, 1919) Retrieved on May 10, 2008.
  7. ^ Automobile Legal Association (1930). "Route Log of State Highway Systems". Automobile Green Book (1930/31 edition ed.). Boston: Scarborough Motor Guide Co.. pp. pp.45+.  
  8. ^ Michigan State Highway Department. State of Michigan [map]. Cartography by MSHD. (April 1, 1954)
  9. ^ Michigan State Highway Department. State of Michigan [map]. Cartography by MSHD. (April 1, 1957)
  10. ^ Michigan State Highway Department. State of Michigan [map]. Cartography by MSHD. (July 1, 1958)
  11. ^ Michigan State Highway Department. State of Michigan [map]. Cartography by MSHD. (1964)
  12. ^ Michigan Department of State Highways. Official Highway Map [map]. Cartography by MDSH. (1968)
  13. ^ Michigan Department of State Highways. Official Highway Map [map]. Cartography by MDSH. (1973)
  14. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation. Official Department of Transportation Map [map]. (1984)
  15. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation. Official Department of Transportation Map [map]. (1987)
  16. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (August 31, 1998). "Governor Engler Opens US-27 Freeway". Press release.,1607,7-151-9620_11057-94897--,00.html. Retrieved May 24, 2008.  
  17. ^ "Report of the Special Committee on Route Numbering to the Standing Committee on Highways" (PDF). American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. April 17, 1999. Retrieved May 24, 2008.  
  18. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation. Official 2002–03 Department of Transportation Map [map]. (2002)
  19. ^,+mi&sll=42.333654,-83.46132&sspn=0.009486,0.022724&ie=UTF8&ll=43.182148,-84.486237&spn=0.598824,1.454315&z=10
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