State Route 39 and 5 in Michigan
Michigan State Route 39
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State Route 39 or M-39 is a state route and freeway in the U.S. state of Michigan. The highway forms a north-south link in the Detroit metropolitan area, connecting the southern suburb of Lincoln Park with the northern suburb of Southfield, and the highway also runs part of western Detroit. The route is known as the Southfield Freeway and is 17 miles long.
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The interchange between I-94 and M-39 in Detroit.
The road begins as the main thoroughfare in Lincoln Park at the intersection with Fort Street. From here, the 2×3 lane road continues northwest, intersecting Interstate 75, which runs from Toledo to Detroit. One then passes through the suburb of Allen Park, and at the interchange with Interstate 94 begins the freeway section, the Southfield Freeway. The highway will then have 2×3 lanes and will run north through the suburb of Dearborn. After the intersection with Ford Road, one enters the western boroughs of the city of Detroit. Via a compact junction one crosses the Interstate 96which runs from Grand Rapids and Lansing to downtown Detroit. Detroit’s western neighborhoods are the better neighborhoods in the city with less vacancy than the downtown area. One then crosses 8 Mile Road, the dividing line between Detroit and the northern suburbs, and enters the suburb of Southfield. Here the highway ends on the Lodge Freeway, SR-10.
The road was originally Southfield Road, a multi-lane trunk road. During the 1960s, this road was converted into the Southfield Freeway, a north-south axis that runs through western Detroit and several suburbs. In 1961 the first 6 kilometers opened as a highway through Dearnborn to Joy Road. In 1962, connecting sections opened from Allen Park to Dearborn and through western Detroit. By 1963 the entire Southfield Freeway was completed. In 1966 it was numbered as State Route 39. Between 1974 and 1977 the interchange with I-96 was constructed.
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The road is fairly busy as it connects the industrial areas south of Detroit with the suburbs north of the city. Several points are above 140,000 vehicles per day.
State Route 5 in Michigan
State Route 5 or M-5 is a state route in the U.S. state of Michigan. The road is partly a freeway, and a major high street in the Detroit metropolitan area. The route is 34 kilometers long.
The road begins as Grand River Avenue in downtown Detroit, a one-way street that widens. You pass some high skyscrapers. At Interstate 75, the road has 6 lanes. You quickly leave the small center and you pass through a neglected and dilapidated area, where many plots are empty and the houses have been demolished. Detroit has lost half of its population since the 1950’s, and it shows along this main road. After 3 kilometers you cross the Interstate 94. The road then parallels Interstate 96 to the northwest. The further one gets from the center, the more populated the neighborhoods become again. In the northwest of the city one crosses the SR-39, the Southfield Freeway, a north-south connection.
The road will then also have separate lanes and will have 2×4 lanes. At the intersection with 8 Mile Road, an important cultural divide follows, between Detroit’s poorer neighborhoods and the affluent suburbs to its north. This leads first to the suburb of Redford, and then to Farmington Hills. In this city, the highway portion of the M-5 begins, and the Grand River Avenue continues straight on as a secondary road. The highway has 2×2 lanes here. A major interchange crosses Interstate 96, Interstate 275 and Interstate 696. The M-5 then runs north as the Haggerty Connector, forming a short highway to Pontiac Trail, an old main road from Pontiac to Novi.
The Farmington Bypass, a five-mile stretch of highway between the major interchange with I-96, I-275, and I-696 and Grand River Avenue, was originally numbered State Route 102. This stretch of highway was probably opened in the 1970s. In 1994 this was renumbered to State Route 5. On August 2, 1999, a 3 kilometer stretch through Novi opened as a freeway.
The highway section in Farmington Hills is fairly quiet with 34,000 vehicles per day. The Grand River Avenue has about 15,000 vehicles per day and is quite oversized with 6 to 8 lanes. The busiest part is between Novi and West Bloomfield with 71,000 vehicles per day.