The Coldwater Business Loop for Interstate 69 travels 5.06 miles1 to the west from Exit 10 to Exit 13. Following Fenn Road west from Exit 10, the business route overtakes former U.S. 27 (Angola Road) northward to Clay Street in the city of Coldwater. A short distance north of the city line, Division Street branches east from Clay Street as Business Loop I-69 to the business district and U.S. 12 (Chicago Street). Chicago Street returns Business Loop I-69 to I-69 via U.S. 12.

Business Loop I-69 was designated in 1967 when the portion of Interstate 69 through Branch County opened to traffic. U.S. 27 shifted to the freeway from through Coldwater during this time period.1

U.S. 12 East
U.S. 12 east continues beyond the Business Loop I-69 end through a retail area anchored by several big box stores. The US route leaves Coldwater to parallel the Sauk River to Quincy. 11/05/11
U.S. 12 West
U.S. 12 (Chicago Street) meets Interstate 69 at a parclo interchange along a commercial strip in east Coldwater. Business Loop I-69 begins here and follows U.S. 12 west 1.3 miles. 11/05/11
Passing under Interstate 69, U.S. 12 (Chicago Street) approaches the southbound on-ramp to Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, Indiana. 11/05/11
Interstate 69 exits eastern reaches of Coldwater for a 14.5-mile rural drive south to Angola, Indiana and the Indiana Toll Road (Interstates 80 & 90). 11/05/11
Business Loop I-69 South U.S. 12 West
The first reassurance shield for Business Loop I-69 south appears alongside U.S. 12 and an Emergency Detour marker for I-69. The alternate route for I-69 follows Old U.S. 27 both north and south of Coldwater. 11/05/11
A number of traveler services line Business Loop I-69 south & U.S. 12 (Chicago Street) west as the five lane arterial leads away from I-69. 11/05/11
Sprague Street meets Chicago Street at a staggered intersection by Community Health Center hospital. 11/05/11
Business Loop I-69 south & U.S. 12 west reduce to four lanes and enter a residential area between Sprague and Jefferson Streets. 11/05/11
Another set of shields for Business Loop I-69 & U.S. 12 lie ahead of the Coldwater business district at Lincoln Street. 11/05/11
Approaching Division Street, Business Loop I-69 prepares to split with U.S. 12 (Chicago Street) west along former U.S. 27 south. 11/05/11
Emergency Detour shields direct travelers for I-69 north along Marshall Street (old U.S. 27) to Girard and south along Business Loop I-69 to Kinderhook. 11/05/11
U.S. 12 (Chicago Street) bisects downtown westward to M-86 (Colon Road) and Bronson. 11/05/11
Business Loop I-69 South
Heading south along Division Street from U.S. 12 (Chicago Street) on Business Loop I-69. Division Street carries four overall lanes to the bridge across the Sauk River. 11/05/11
An Emergency Detour shield assembly for Interstate 69 precedes the traffic light with Pearl Street. 11/05/11
Pearl Street heads east to Sprague Street and west to U.S. 12 (Chicago Street). 11/05/11
Southbound Business Loop I-69 (Division Street) at Perkins Street east. An at-grade crossing with the Michigan Southern railroad lies ahead. 11/05/11
Crossing the Sauk River, Division Street overtakes Clay Street. The Sauk, a tributary of the Coldwater River, is the easternmost river in the United States by that name. 11/05/11
Clay Street serves the industrial south side of Coldwater to part ways with the city at Garfield Avenue. 11/05/11
Garfield Avenue ventures west from Sprague Street to U.S. 12 (Chicago Road) by Branch County Memorial Airport (OEB). 11/05/11
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The remaining 2.75 miles of Business Loop I-69 (Angola Road) traverse agricultural areas to I-69. 11/05/11
Business Loop I-69 splits with Angola Road and curves easterly to Interstate 69. Old U.S. 27 remains west of I-69 to Angola, Indiana. 11/05/11
The Emergency Detour signage directs motorists back to I-69 from Coldwater via Business Loop I-69. Detour signs are also posted along Angola Road (old U.S. 27) southward from here. 11/05/11
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Overtaking Fenn Road, Business Loop I-69 travels east along a section line. 11/05/11
Nearing the diamond interchange with Interstate 69 along Fenn Road east. 11/05/11
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The southbound on-ramp for Interstate 69 departs Business Loop I-69 (Fenn Road). Fort Wayne lies 61 miles to the south. 11/05/11
Spanning Interstate 69, drivers approach the northbound on-ramp for Lansing, Flint and Port Huron. 11/05/11
An end shield for Business Loop I-69 south resides ahead of the northbound on-ramp for Interstate 69. Fenn Road extends east another 1.4 miles to a rural end at Fiske Road. 11/05/11
Interstate 69 returns drivers northward through east Coldwater to Marshall and Charlotte on the 71-mile drive to Lansing. 11/05/11

Sources:
  1. Michigan Highways: Business Connections 32 through 94.


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11/05/11 by AARoads

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