Business Spur I-196 branches eastward from Interstate 196 at Exit 72 for industrial areas along a CSX Railroad line. The 4.15-mile route follows Chicago Drive eastward to Grandville Avenue / Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard to Franklin Street and Exit 83B of the U.S. 131 freeway.1

The Grand Rapids business route for I-196 follows the former alignment of M-21 Business. Interstate 196 opened to traffic from Exit 69 eastward to I-96 on December 14, 1964 to augment the route of Michigan 21. Business Loop I-196 was established in 1973 over M-21 Business when I-196 was completed between Exits 44 and 69.1

Business Spur I-196 West
Business Spur I-196 begins at the Exit 83B off-ramp of U.S. 131 south at Century and Sheridan Avenues. 11/05/09
Sheridan Avenue connects Exit 83B with Franklin Street above Century Avenue. Business Spur I-196 turns onto Franklin Street ahead. 11/05/09
The first reassurance marker for Business Spur I-196 appears at the Franklin Street intersection with Sheridan Avenue, just west of the U.S. 131 freeway. Franklin Street carries the route two blocks westward to Grandville Avenue / Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard southwest through the Roosevelt Park community. 11/05/09
Business Spur I-196 East
Business Spur I-196 intersects Sheridan Avenue, which provides access to the U.S. 131 southbound on-ramp at Century Avenue. 11/05/09
A short ramp departs Sheridan Avenue east at Century Avenue for the U.S. 131 freeway leading south to Kalamazoo. 11/05/09
Business Spur I-196 ends as Franklin Street meets the ramps to and from U.S. 131 north. The U.S. 131 freeway leads north around Downtown Grand Rapids to Cadillac and Manton. 11/05/09

  1. Michigan Highways: Business Connections 96 through 496.

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11/05/09 by AARoads

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