Business Loop I-196 - South Haven

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The South Haven Business Loop of Interstate 196 travels 3.74 miles west between Exits 18 and 20 of I-196. Established in 1963 when I-196 was completed by South Haven, the initial route took the Business route along Michigan 140 to Blue Star Highway, Blue Star Highway (old U.S. 31) to North Shore Drive and North Shore Drive to Exit 22 of I-196. This routing lasted until 1972 when Business Loop I-196 was realigned to follow old U.S. 31 Business via La Grange Street and Broadway Street north from Blue Star Highway to Downtown, and Phoenix Street east to Exit 20.1

Business Loop I-196 north
M-140, a 37.23-mile route between Niles and South Haven, concludes at the folded-cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 196 & U.S. 31. The route continued north into South Haven originally. Photo taken 11/05/09.
The first shield for Business Loop I-196 appears just north of I-196 & U.S. 31 at 14th Avenue. The route doubles as a leg of the Lake Michigan Circle Tour, an auto touring route looping 1,100 miles around Lake Michigan. Photo taken 11/05/09.
Business Loop I-196 south
Business Loop I-196 heads south 1.5 miles from the South Haven city line to conclude at the southbound ramp for Interstate 196 & U.S. 31 to Benton Harbor. Photo taken 11/05/09.
Passing over Interstate 196 & U.S. 31, drivers along Business Loop I-196 approach the northbound ramp to Holland. U.S. 31 and I-196 share 45 miles of pavement from the I-196 beginning at St. Joseph to Holland. Photo taken 11/05/09.
Interstate 196 & U.S. 31 lead north back to South Haven on the 30-mile trek to Holland. Photo taken 11/05/09.
M-140 takes over for the ending Business Loop I-196 to head south four miles to Covert, 13 miles to Watervliet and 39 miles to Niles. Photo taken 11/05/09.

Sources:
  1. Michigan Highways: Business Connections 96 through 496.


Photo Credits:

11/05/09 by AARoads

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Page Updated 10-22-2013.