Business Spur I-196 - Grand Rapids

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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. Photo taken 11/05/09.
Sheridan Avenue connects Exit 83B with Franklin Street above Century Avenue. Business Spur I-196 turns onto Franklin Street ahead. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 11/05/09.
A short ramp departs Sheridan Avenue east at Century Avenue for the U.S. 131 freeway leading south to Kalamazoo. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 11/05/09.

Sources:
  1. Michigan Highways: Business Connections 96 through 496.


Photo Credits:

11/05/09 by AARoads

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Page Updated 10-22-2013.