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M-231 Photos

Pre-Opening Bike Ride (page 1/3)

On Sunday, October 25, 2015, the Michigan Highways webmaster and author toured the still yet-to-be-opened to traffic M-231 route in north central Ottawa Co. The highway itself was almost 100% complete, with just a few minor odds-and-ends remaining to be wrapped up. These pages include photos taken on that bicycle trip. Also see a time-lapse video taken from the handlebars of the bicycle during that trip: M-231 Bike Trip Time-Lapse Video.

View looking south along M-231 just feet away from its northern end, approaching M-104.
SOUTH M-231 and EMERGENCY SOUTH US-31 reassurance route marker assembly. M-231 route markers are accompanied by EMERGENCY US-31 markers as well in both directions. ©2015 Christopher J. Bessert, All Rights Reserved.
View looking south along M-231 just feet away from its northern end, approaching M-104.
The view looking southerly along M-231/120th Ave approaching M-104/Cleveland St, just feet away from M-231's northern terminus at the I-96 WEST ramps. Note the covered straight arrow under the M-231 route marker and the missing M-45 marker between the "TO" and straight arrow, to be uncovered or added prior to the opening of the highway to traffic. ©2015 Christopher J. Bessert, All Rights Reserved.
View along northbound M-231 approaching M-104/Cleveland St.
The view along northbound M-231 aproaching M-104/Cleveland St. MDOT apparently chose to sign the end of M-231 here rather than try to cram another route marker assembly into the short stretch between M-104 and the I-96 WEST on-ramp. ©2015 Christopher J. Bessert, All Rights Reserved.
Looking south along M-231 just beyond the M-104 junction.
The M-231 reassurance route marker assembly just south of M-104/Cleveland St. All M-231 route markers are accompanied by EMERGENCY US-31 markers as well in both directions. ©2015 Christopher J. Bessert, All Rights Reserved.
Looking south along the center of M-231 south of M-104/Cleveland St on October 25, 2015 prior to its opening to traffic.
Looking south along the center of M-231 south of M-104/Cleveland St on October 25, 2015 prior to its opening to traffic. ©2015 Christopher J. Bessert, All Rights Reserved.
Looking north along M-231 from atop the Leonard Rd overpass.
Looking north along M-231 from atop the Leonard Rd overpass between M-104/Cleveland St and the Grand River bridge. ©2015 Christopher J. Bessert, All Rights Reserved.
Looking south along the centerline of M-231 from just south of the Leonard Rd overpass.
Looking south along the centerline of M-231 from just south of the Leonard Rd overpass on October 25, 2015 prior to its opening to traffic five days later. ©2015 Christopher J. Bessert, All Rights Reserved.

The M-231 Grand River crossing also features a non-motorized trail along the western side of the bridge dedicated to Sgt. Henry E. Plant (1841–1925) of Ottawa Co, a war veteran and 1896 Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. The bridge over the Grand River can be seen in the distance. ©2015 Christopher J. Bessert, All Rights Reserved.

 

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