While it can be assumed the freeway signage changes are awaiting this area's conversion to the newer Clearview typeface in the future, it is interesting to note how long some of the route markers have hung on along this route so long after it was decommissioned.
The BL I-96 ENDS assembly on ebd Grand River Ave at the I-96 interchange remains posted as of mid-2017!
From there, BL I-96 continues easterly through Howell via Grand River Ave to the Lake Chemung area, where it terminates at a new partial interchange with I-96.
Although well-signed through the city, until 2008 BUS US-127 did not show up on any freeway exit signage at either end of the route.
Lansing's BL I-96 is the third-longest Business Connection in the state, running nearly a mile shorter than Lansing's other Interstate Business Connection, BL I-69, and approximately 1/10th mile shorter than Battle Creek's BL I-94.
1962 (Dec 14) - The middle portion of the I-96 freeway in mid-Michigan, from northwest of Lansing to Brighton, is completed and opened to traffic, signaling and end for the US-16 route designation in Michigan.
A new limited-access connector roadway is built west of the city to provide both M-59 and BL I-96 access to the new I-96 freeway between Grand River Ave and Burkhart Rd.
It begins at jct US-127 & M-50 southeast of the city and proceeds northwesterly via M-50/Brooklyn Rd into the city limits, turns westerly via Prospect St, northerly on Fourth St, westerly via High St, northerly again via West Ave to Clinton Rd, then northwesterly to jct I-94/US-12, US-127 & M-50 northwest of the city.
c.1964 - The City of Jackson, in a desperate effort to stem the tide of businesses leaving the central business district, has the State Highway Dept reroute the Business Connections through the downtown area.
On sbd US-127/M-50 approaching I-94 north of Jackson, a single sign which formerly read "M-50 – Jackson" was changed to read "BUSINESS US-127 / M-50 – Jackson" as part of a sign replacement project in 2008.
BUS US-127 is still omitted from all signs along I-94 at Exit 138, which read "US-127 NORTH – Lansing / M-50 – Jackson", likely due to an attempt to limit clutter on the signs along I-94.