Car driving through a large sign for opening ceremonies of Oldsmobile Expressway with onlookers.
Opening ceremony of Oldsmobile Expressway (I-496)

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.

 

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