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Ferndale in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Michigan's First Tri-level Intersection

 
 
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By Joel S., June 10, 2010
1. Michigan's First Tri-level Intersection
Inscription. During the 1950s, as Oakland County's population soared, the corner of Eight Mile Road and Woodward Avenue became the most congested crossroad in Michigan. The solution, envisioned in a plan created by Detroit and its surrounding counties in the 1920s, was the Eight Mile-Woodward tri-level intersection. Built in 1956-57, it used two levels for the Woodward Avenue and Eight Mile "superhighways" and one for the local access intersection. Woodward Avenue originated in Augustus B. Woodward's 1805 plan, which had major arteries radiating from Detroit's core. Running north to Pontiac, Woodward separates the east and west sides of Detroit. Eight Mile became the symbolic line separating the city and the suburbs.
 
Erected 2007 by Michigan Historical Commission - Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number 705.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 26.822′ N, 83° 7.409′ W. Marker is in Ferndale, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is at the intersection of Eight Mile Road (State Highway 102) and Woodward Avenue (State Highway 1), on the right when traveling west on Eight Mile Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ferndale MI 48220, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
State Highway Department Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., June 10, 2010
2. State Highway Department Plaque
At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ferndale School (approx. 1.1 miles away); Carver Elementary School (approx. 2.2 miles away); Ridge Road (approx. 2.3 miles away); Polar Bears (approx. 2.8 miles away); Royal Oak Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 2.9 miles away); Royal Oak Woman's Club (approx. 3.1 miles away); First Baptist Church of Royal Oak (approx. 3.3 miles away); Fred A. Baker House (approx. 3.6 miles away).
 
Categories. 20th CenturyBridges & ViaductsRoads & Vehicles
 
Marker with intersection in the distance image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., June 10, 2010
3. Marker with intersection in the distance
Michigan's First Tri-level Intersection image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., June 10, 2010
4. Michigan's First Tri-level Intersection
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 15, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 830 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 15, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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