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Roadpix - The New M-121

Here is a look at Michigan's "newest" state highway, M-121, which was just signed along Chicago Drive between I-196 Exit 69 and BL I-196 near Zeeland.

Those of you who are familiar with Michigan state highways and thier history know that actually, neither M-121 nor this particular stretch of highway are "new" at all. M-121 of course had a previous life as Bristol Road in the Flint area, and served as a connector between I-75/US-23 and I-69, plus serving as the feeder route in front of Bishop Airport.

Chicago Drive in Kent and Ottawa counties had carried the M-21 designation prior to the completion of I-196 back in the 1970s, and had still been carried in MDOT's portfolio as "Old M-21". The following pictures show the first few assurance markers having just been erected, rougly a week or so before the photos were taken.

M-121 (Near Eastern Terminus), Jenison, MI, USA, January 20, 2008

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Here is the first assurance marker of M-121 westbound, in Jenison.

It's located about 1/2 mile west of I-196.

Where M-121 meets I-196, the latter just grazes the Kent/Ottawa county line from barely inside the Kent County side, so technically M-121's eastern end is in Kent County (by about 1/4 mile).


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Here is the last assurance marker for M-121 eastbound, in Jenison.

It's located roughly 3/4 mile west of I-196.


M-121 (Near Western Terminus), Zeeland, MI, USA, January 20, 2008

Click to view larger image This is the first assurance marker of M-121 eastbound, near Zeeland. It's located about 1/4 mile or so east of BL I-196.

There is a somewhat oddly-configured intersection for Byron Road and Chicago Drive at the western terminus of M-121, but it was built this way to favor BL I-196. As of this writing, there are only assurance markers erected for M-121, and the short Byron Road segment which would connect M-121 to I-196 has no signage whatsoever.


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Here is the last assurance marker for M-121 westbound, near Zeeland.

It's located roughly 1/2 mile or so east of BL I-196.

Off in the distance is the intersection of Byron Road. M-121 has to make a left turn at the signal in order to connect to the Business Loop, but the junction assemblies haven't been installed yet.


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Also along this highway were these freshly-driven stakes. There were a number of these along the way, particularly west of Hudsonville.

Not sure what they are for, but I have to assume they are survey stakes; plus, this road will certainly be rebuilt now that it is once again a signed state trunkline.


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Here is a closer look at the stakes.