Michigan Roads - I-196


NB in Holland courtesy J.P. Nasiatka and WB in Zeeland at the other end of the same business route. Yes, I-196 changes directions in Holland. J.P.'s photo includes the Lake Michigan Circle Tour shield and the newly adopted national practice (presumably developed in Michigan) of signing splits with long up arrows. Both signs show Michigan's standard practice of white backgrounds behind Business shields. Why does the US 31 shield look so wrong?

WB on that Holland-Zeeland route. There are some regular shields, but plenty of these too-narrow ones.

Here's a normal one, again with the Michigan white background, from State St./96th Ave. SB leaving Zeeland.

Same as the WB side, first photo along Homestead Rd. and second after merging into Business I-196 EB. The wide diamond appears on guide signs only nowadays for 3-digit routes.

M-6, the relatively new South Beltline around Grand Rapids, WB coming to its end at I-196. This is here to show the standard but unique overpass design along the Beltline.

Here's a different Business I-196, the one in Grand Rapids, with a different shield problem. The second sign is at the top of the ramp to US 131, where there are a couple hundred feet to merge across three lanes for the Wealthy St. left exit. I'm not sure if this sign is enforced or enforceable with tickets.

Exit 44 to US 31
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