Photograph of a moving car bursting through a sign saying Oldsmobile Expressway while onlookers stand by

This collection contains state and local documents, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings and other communications related to the construction of the I-496 expressway through Lansing, Michigan from 1963-1970.  Billed by the State of Michigan and City of Lansing as a step forward in modernizing the city's transportation system and easing traffic congestion, the project nonetheless caused a controversial relocation and housing issue that primarily affected Lansing's minority populations. The materials here include newspaper articles, maps, and government reports offering insight into this challenging period in Lansing's history.

Pave the Way - The I-496 Project