Interstate 75 in Michigan

By | October 14, 2022


Get started Erie
End Sault Ste. Marie
Length 396 mi
Length 637 km

  • 2 Summit Street
  • 5 Erie
  • 6 Luna Pier
  • 9 La Sallea
  • 11 South Monroe
  • 14 Monroe
  • 15 Detroit Beach
  • 18 Woodland Beach
  • 20 → Detroit Bypass
  • 21 St. Charles
  • 26 South Rockwood
  • 27 Rockwood
  • 28 Fort Street
  • 29 Gibraltar Road
  • 32 West Road
  • 34 Sibley Road
  • 35 Telegraph Road
  • 36 Eureka Road
  • 37 Allen Road
  • 40 Dix Highway
  • 41 Southfield Road
  • 42 Outer Drive
  • 43-59: Detroit
  • 43 Fort Street
  • 44 Dearborn Street
  • 45 West End Street
  • 46 Dragoon Street
  • 47 Grand Boulevard
  • 48 Ambassador Bridge
  • 49 → Lansing
  • 50 → Downtown / Southfield
  • 51 → Downtown Detroit
  • 52 Mack Avenue
  • 53 → Chicago / Toronto
  • 54 Clay Street
  • 55 Holbrook Street
  • 56 → Highland Park
  • 57 6 Mile Road
  • 58 7 Mile Road
  • 59 8 Mile Road
  • 60 9 Mile Road
  • 61 → Southfield / Warren
  • 62 11 Mile Road
  • 63 12 Mile Road
  • 65-72: Troy
  • 65 14 Mile Road
  • 67 Stephenson Highway
  • 69 Big Beaver Road
  • 72 Crooks Road
  • 74-84: Pontiac
  • 74 Adams Road
  • 75 Square Lake Road
  • 77 → Pontiac / Rochester Hills
  • 78 Chrysler Drive
  • 79 University Drive
  • 81 Lapeer Road
  • 83 Joslyn Road
  • 84 Baldwin Road
  • 89 Independence
  • 91 Clarkston
  • 93
  • 98 Oakhill
  • 101 Holly
  • 106 Grand Blanc
  • 109 Dort Highway
  • 111 → Flint Bypass
  • 115 → Ann Arbor
  • 116 Bishop International Airport
  • 117 → Lansing / Flint
  • 118 West Flint
  • 122 North Flint
  • 125 → Flint Bypass
  • 126 Mount Morris
  • 131 Clio
  • 136 Birch Run
  • 144 Bridgeport
  • 149 Saginaw
  • 150 → Saginaw
  • 151 North Saginaw
  • 153 North Saginaw
  • 154 Zilwaukee
  • 155 → Saginaw
  • 160 South Bay City
  • 162 → Midland / Bay City
  • 164 North Bay City
  • 168 Kawkawlin
  • 173 Linwood
  • 181 PIN Conning
  • 188
  • 190 Standish
  • 195 Sterling
  • 202 Mills
  • 212 West Branch
  • 215 West Branch
  • 222 St Helen
  • 227 Prudenville
  • 239 Roscommon
  • 244 Higgins Lake
  • 251 → Mount Pleasant / Lansing
  • 254 Grayling
  • 256 Grayling
  • 259 Hartwick Pines
  • 264 Frederic
  • 270 Waters
  • 279 South Gaylord
  • 282 Gaylord
  • 290 Vanderbilt
  • 301 Wolverine
  • 310 Indian River
  • 313 Topinabee
  • 322 Cheboygan
  • 326 Delivery
  • 336
  • 337 South Mackinaw City
  • 338
  • 339 Mackinaw City
  • Mackinac Bridge
  • 344 St. Ignacio
  • 345 St. Ignacio
  • 348 North St Ignacio
  • 352 Brevort Lake
  • 359 Cedarville
  • 373 Rudyard
  • 378 Chippewa County Airport
  • 386 Brimley
  • 392 South Sault Ste. Marie
  • 394 Sault Ste. Marie
  • Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge

Interstate 75 or I -75 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Michigan. The highway is the main north-south link in the state, running from the Ohio border at Erie through Detroit and Flint to the Canadian border at Sault Ste. Mary. The route is 637 kilometers long.

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Travel directions

Detroit Region

Detroit I-75 / Chrysler Freeway.

Just north of the Ohio city of Toledo, Interstate 75 crosses the Michigan border in Ohio. The highway here has 2×3 lanes and runs parallel to the west bank of Lake Erie to the north. You pass the town of Monroe and US 24 runs parallel to I-75. North of Monroe, Interstate 275 branches off, forming a western bypass of the Detroit metropolitan areawhile I-75 passes through downtown. However, I-275 cannot be used as a full bypass because the Pontiac area lacks a connection to I-75 north of Detroit. After this, the road retains 2×3 lanes and arrives at Rockford, the first suburb 30 kilometers from downtown Detroit. You then pass through the southern suburbs.

From the suburb of Taylor, Interstate 94 runs parallel to I-75 for some distance, which curves northeast here. This portion of I-75 is called the Fisher Freeway, and it widens from River Rouge to 2×4 lanes. One then reaches the city of Detroit itself. I-75 here gives access to the Ambassador Bridge, a major bridge to Canada, as the Canadian city of Windsor is just across the Detroit River. From here, I-75 also has a parallel runway system with 10 lanes in total.

One then comes closer to downtown, with I-75 leading through Detroit’s urban prairie, a largely vacant area where many homes have been demolished. This is where Interstate 96 ends at I-75. I-96 comes from the capital Lansing and Grand Rapids. The parallel track system continues for a while and then one crosses State Route 10, the Lodge Freeway coming from the suburb of Southfield. You will then come with 2×4 lanes along the center, where the skyline is visible from the highway. On the north side of downtown, I-75 turns north. Straight ahead is SR-3, a major high street, Gratiot Avenue. To the south goes the short Interstate 375, which opens up the east side of downtown.

I-75 then proceeds north in 2×4 lanes through a semi-urban area of ​​industrial and office parks. The highway here is called the Chrysler Freeway. A few kilometers later you cross Interstate 94. You then again pass through residential areas with many empty lots. At Highland Park one crosses the State Route 8, the Davison Expressway. The major intersecting streets are one mile apart and are successively called 5 mile, 6 mile and 7 mile road. One of the main underlying roads is the 8 Mile Road, which separates Detroit from the suburbs and is therefore an important cultural divide between the run-down and poor neighborhoods of Detroit and the more affluent suburbs to its north. After this, I-75 still has 2×4 lanes and it crosses a few smaller suburbs. A symmetrical stack interchange crosses Interstate 696, which forms an east-west route through the first row of suburbs.

North of this interchange, the road narrows to 2×3 lanes and passes through the suburb of Madison Heights and later Troy. The further one gets from Detroit itself, the more prosperous the suburbs are. You pass the General Motors and Chrysler factories, which are located in and around the suburb of Pontiac. In Auburn Hills, one crosses State Route 59, a short east-west highway from Pontiac to Sterling Heights, a large suburb. From Pontiac, 2×4 lanes are available again, but this will last for only a few miles, after which the road narrows again to 2×3 lanes and I-75 veers northwest. After Waterford you leave the Detroit metropolitan area after 110 kilometers.

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Central Michigan

After Detroit, 2×3 lanes are still available as the next larger town of Flint is not far away. One passes through slightly hilly and wooded area. You soon reach Flint, between the last suburb of Detroit and Flint is only about 25 kilometers. Flint is a larger city with 125,000 inhabitants. On its south side, Interstate 475 branches off, forming an eastern bypass of Flint. After this, the road narrows to 2×2 lanes as I-475 leads downtown and I-75 goes along the west side of Flint. A little further on, US 23 merges, a full-length freeway that forms a long 90-mile bypass well west of Detroit and is of interest to through traffic from Toledo.towards the north. After this, I-75 again has 2×3 lanes and at the airport of Flint you cross Interstate 69, the highway from Indianapolis and Lansing towards Port Huron on the Canadian border. It then passes through Flint’s western neighborhoods and rejoins Interstate 475 on the north side of town. Then they leave the town of Flint.

I-75 is then provisionally double numbered with US 23. You then pass through a rural area with a road network in a grid pattern with a lot of ribbon development. The highway still has 2×3 lanes here. The next town Saginaw is not much further on, about 40 kilometers after Flint. Interstate 675 turns off here to take a short route through the city, while I-75 passes east of the city. You then arrive at Bay City, a town on Saginaw Bay, a bay in the immense Lake Huron. Here one crosses US 10, a longer highway to the towns of Midland and Clare. I-75 then has 2×2 lanes left and the long quiet journey north begins.

One passes through mostly agricultural land parallel to the west shore of Lake Huron. US 23 then exits at Standish to run right along the shore, as I-75 turns northwest from Lake Huron. The road has a fairly wide median strip with trees. The exits are already a lot further apart in this area. There are no longer any large towns here and the highway becomes a lot emptier as you progress north.

Northern Michigan

The Mackinac Bridge.

Near the town of Grayling, US 127 terminates on a long-haul highway from the Lansing and Jackson region that forms a north-south link across central Michigan. They are now 300 kilometers north of Detroit. Interstate 75 then runs north across the center of the Michigan peninsula. One then reaches the north side of the peninsula, where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet at the Straits of Mackinac. Across this street is an 8-kilometer long Mackinac Bridge, a colossal suspension bridge to the Upper Peninsula.

One then enters the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, which lies between Lakes Michigan, Huron and Superior. Immediately after the bridge, US 2 turns off, heading towards Gladstone, through a sparsely populated area. I-75 continues to run north. The peninsula is quite densely forested, with the Hiawatha National Forest. The passage over the peninsula is about 80 kilometers long and leads through sparsely populated areas. One then reaches the twin town of Sault Ste. Marie, who is also in Canada. Via the 2-lane Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge, one crosses the border into Canada and joins the Trans-Canada Highway, which leads further northwest and east into Ontario.

Interstate 75 in Michigan