2007 SE Michigan Holiday Road Enthusiasts Meeting
Dec. 28-30, 2007

These photos are from my trip to the 2007 SE Michigan holiday roadgeek meeting held Dec. 29 in Woodhaven, Mich. Photos are from the trip north on Dec. 28, the meeting itself and the first part of the trip home on Dec. 29, and the remainder of the trip home on Dec. 30. To view the full-sized photos, click on one of the thumbnails on this page. You will then be presented with navigation controls to view the images on individual Web pages as a slide show.

This set of photographs begins with Kentucky's newest two-digit state route, KY 67, the Industrial Parkway. This new route between I-64 near the spot where Carter, Boyd and Greenup counties come together and US 23 near Greenup, significantly cuts travel time over the old route from Grayson to Greenup, KY 1.

Distances listed on KY 67 are for Argillite, which is the community nearest the KY 207 exit; Wurtland, which is the ending point for KY 67 at US 23; and Greenup.

KY 67 is currently built as two lanes on a four-lane right of way. There is room to expand the highway to four lanes if traffic conditions ever warrant.

Bridges will need to be built if KY 67 is ever expanded to four lanes.

There is a grade-separated interchange with KY 207 along the route of KY 67.

At the KY 207 exit.

The lane narrowing technique of traffic calming is used at this intersection near KY 67's northern end.

KY 67 ends at US 23, at an at-grade intersection.

This sign denotes the upcoming end of the Industrial Parkway.

A look at the intersection of US 23 and KY 67.

The highway continues across US 23 for a few feet to a T intersection with KY 3105, which is an old routing of US 23.

Guide sign at the end of KY 67.

Intersection of KY 1 and US 23 in Greenup.

KY 2 and US 23.

Typical view of the four-lane US 23 route along the Ohio River in Greenup County.

Advance sign for the KY 10/AA Highway intersection.

KY 10 continues to the right and crosses the Ohio River at the Greenup Lock & Dam.

KY 7 and US 23 in South Shore.

US 23 turns to cross the new U.S. Grant Bridge into Ohio. Trucks are not supposed to go through downtown Portsmouth but the truck in the background of this photo didn't get the message.

The oversized US 23 sign is an ODOT installation. The US 52 sign is a Kentucky installation.

Closer view of the US 23 and US 52 signage.

Again, the US 52 sign is a Kentucky installation and the US 23 sign came from ODOT.

Rain, and the use of windshield wipers, interfered with this photo. The US 23 truck route sign is older than the other ones for US 52, OH 73 and OH 104.

Overhead for US 52, OH 73 and OH 104 on Truck US 23, a/k/a OH 852.

Overheads at the ramp where OH 73/104 split from the US 52 east ramp.

Overheads heading east on US 52 into Portsmouth.

Surface signage for the turn from US 52 onto northbound US 23.

These signs are on northbound US 23.

Along US 23 north.

OH 348 and OH 728 both end at US 23 north of Portsmouth.

Typical view of the four-lane US 23 north of Portsmouth.

One rest area serves both directions of travel along US 23 north of Portsmouth.

OH 32, Corridor D, and US 23, Corridor B, cross between Chillicothe and Portsmouth. As ARC Corridor B, US 23 runs from Columbus to Asheville. As Corridor D, OH 32 and US 50 runs from Cincinnati to Clarksburg.

At the OH 32 exit.

This Ohio-style tapered arrow with flashers cautions drivers as they head north.

This crop irrigator is parked along US 23. Much of the Scioto River valley is used as farmland.

Truck OH 220.

US 23 and Truck OH 220.

Approaching OH 104.

Plenty of signs to be seen here in Waverly.

US 23 and OH 104 join in Waverly and run concurrently to just south of Chillicothe.

C.C. Slater would call this "sine salad!" This intersection marks the terminus of OH 335. It is the crossroads of OH 220 and US 23/OH 104 in downtown Waverly.

US 23 descends into a valley area north of Waverly.

A winding section of US 23 with a Jersey barrier serving as the guardrail on the southbound side.

Approaching OH 372.

OH 372 is the access road to Scioto Trail State Park.

Approaching Chillicothe.

OH 104 departs US 23 and takes a business route for the US route along with it.

OH 104's exit.

US 35 and US 50 intersect US 23 on the southeast side of Chillicothe.

Overheads for US 23, US 35 and US 50. These signs have been replaced in the last couple of years.

This type of merge sign is becoming more common in Ohio.

Overhead for US 50 west.

Overheads for US 35, US 50 and US 23. US 35 and US 23 join for a brief distance.

Overheads at the split of US 23 and US 35.

At the split.

One of the few button copy signs left in the Chillicothe area. This on US 35 westbound.

More button copy.

OH 104 sign on US 35.

This sign is newer, non-button copy.

Heading west on US 35.

Newer sign for a partial exit along westbound US 35.

The next several signs are along US 35 between Chillicothe and Washington Court House.

Typical view of US 35 west of Chillicothe.

Ohio frequently signs its recently paved sections with "warranty pavement" signs.

Not "Old US 35." Just "Old 35."

The terrain flattens out considerably approaching Washington CH. This is a typical view along US 35 in this area.

"Old 35" again.

While many of the signs between Chillicothe and Washington CH have been replaced, most of those for the Washington CH exits are still button copy, like this one.

The exit for US 22, US 62 and OH 3 involves frontage roads for US 35 between 22/3 and 62, which are about a half-mile apart at this point.

This sign is on the frontage road that serves westbound US 35.

The exit frontage road at US 62.

US 22, US 62, OH 3 and OH 41 meet in Washington CH at an unsually-configured intersection.

A whole buncha signs. OH 3 is alternately signed as "East" or "North" between Washington CH and I-71.

OH 38 joins the mix.

A look at downtown Washington Court House.

OH 41 departs.

US 62 gets top billing instead of the lower-numbered US 22.

US 22 and OH 3 begin in downtown Cincinnati and run concurrently all the way to Washington CH. At this intersection, OH 3 leaves US 22 and joins US 62.

The directional banner over the OH 3 sign is faded.

Here, OH 3 is signed "North" instead of "East."

At OH 238, OH 3 is still signed "east."

Typical view of US 62 north of Washington CH.

OH 56 and I-71 signage. "North" again appears for OH 3.

At the I-71 interchange.

The ramp to northbound I-71.

The next several photos are along northbound I-71 in the Columbus area.

This is on the outer loop of I-270, past I-71 and heading west.

Earlier we saw the southern terminus of OH 315 at I-70 and I-71. This is the northern terminus along US 23 south of Delaware.

The next several photos are along US 23 between Delaware and Carey.

On this day, traffic was moving in the two innermost portions of the unusual four-carriageway alignment of US 23 north of Delaware.

Near Upper Sandusky, piles of snow began appearing along the roadway.

Stack interchange of US 23 and US 30 on the east side of Upper Sandusky.

This is the terminus of OH 15, which runs as a four-lane route to Findlay, picking up US 68 and intersecting I-75. US 23 departs the four-lane here.

The next several photos are along OH 15, Diminishing light conditions and light rain impair the quality of many of these photos, unfortunately.

This marks the northern terminus of US 68.

This begins the set of photos from Saturday morning, Dec. 29. These US 23 signs are on Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor, Mich.

This is the Microtel Inn where I spent the night on Friday night, Dec. 28, in Ann Arbor.

M-17 exit on US 23 south.

Exit 37B is also Business Loop I-94.

Overhead for M-17. This exit marks the western terminus of the route.

Overhead for I-94 on US 23 south.

Note the tiny Business Loop I-94 sign below the US 23 sign.

Overhead for the C/D lanes for I-94.

The I-94 exit on southbound US 23.

Overheads for I-94 east and west.

A view of the C/D lane at the US 23/I-94 interchange.

Michigan uses a lot of these loop exit signs.

Overhead at the ramp from the C/D road to eastbound I-94.

Clearview in view on this sign.

Exit for US 12 on I-94 eastbound.

Overheads for I-94 and US 12.

I-94 and US 12 signage.

Overhead for Business US 12.

At the end of the ramp.

This is the home of my wife's aunt and uncle in Ypsilanti.

Getting back on I-94.

Overheads, in Clearview no less, where US 12 departs I-94.

More overheads.

Overhead warning speed advisory for the US 12 ramp.

I-94 marker.

Not sure why this sign is here, unless it has to do with some upcoming construction project.

One of the most constantly heard criticisms of Clearview on misc.transport.road is "the little feet on the l's." This sign ought to give those guys fits.

Approaching I-275.

Just about missed getting this photo.

Overheads at I-275.

Overhead for I-275 north.

Michigan posts the minimum speed on its interstates. Even this close to Detroit the speed limit is still 70 mph.

Overheads approaching the airport and Middle Belt Road, which was my exit.

Cleaview overhead for the airport and Middle Belt.

Overhead at the exit.

A system of C/D lanes has been set up here for exits to Merriman Road, the airport and Middle Belt Road.

The Middle Belt Road exit from the C/D lane.

Approaching US 24, Telegraph Road, on Northline Road.

The US Route shield on the street sign.

This sign denotes how to make a "Michigan left" from Northline onto Telegraph. All traffic turns right and then traffic desiring to head north makes a U-turn.

In Michigan, US 24 is signed as a north-south route.

Approaching the connector route between US 24 and I-75.

Michigan illuminates its turn and no-turn overhead signs, which makes travel easier in the dark.

Overheads at the connector between US 24 and I-75.

Gore signage, in typical Michigan fashion, at the connector.

Unusual surface sign assembly for the connector. Most states would put up a "To South I-75" sign instead of this assembly.

Clearview overheads on I-75 southbound.

Bridge-mounted overhead.

Clearview mileage marker.

Overhead for West Road, the exit for the SE Michigan meeting site.

Overheads on the access ramp from I-75 south to West Road.

Clearview exit sign with the advisory speed.

Note the signage here. The exit sign is bridge-mounted, and the loop advisory sign is at right. In the distance is a typical exit gore sign -- except that traffic has no choice but to make the loop ramp, unless it wants to run off the road.

Michigan put backlight signs over its left turn signals, which helps greatly at night.

The site of the 2007 SE Michigan holiday road meet.

This sign, in the Mexicantown area of Detroit, outlines the plans to close I-75 to reconstruct the I-96 interchange and make other improvements.

A look at the Ambassador Bridge connecting the United States and Canada. This is at the eastern terminus of I-96.

A look at construction already ongoing in the area.

I-75 signage on West Road.

Clearview signage.

Michigan's DOT was filling potholes with cold mix on a Saturday afternoon south of the M-85 ramp to southbound I-75. They had placed flares in the road to warn of an impending lane closure. You can see the flare at the right of the photo.

Lake Erie circle tour sign along with an I-75 shield.

Typical view of I-75 heading south toward Ohio.

Approaching I-275's southern terminus.

This photo and the next several shots are along I-75 in the southern part of Michigan, approaching Ohio.

Entering Ohio. Note the noise barrier walls.

You know you're in Ohio when you start seeing button copy signs.

Typical view of I-75 between noise barrier walls in the northern part of Toledo.

The next several photos are along southbound I-75 in the Toledo area.

The green sheeting is peeling and faded on this overhead sign.

There are several examples of covered 3-digit interstate shields along I-75 in Toledo. Are these for 280 or 475?

Stack interchange of I-75 and I-475/US 23.

This is the first of the photos from Sunday, Dec. 30. This sign is on Stringtown Road in Grove City, Ohio. The green background is peeling from this overhead.

The next several photos are from southbound I-71 between Columbus and Cincinnati.

Interesting to find Louisville listed this far north of Cincinnati.

Typical view of I-71.

There is a short three-lane section of I-71 to the north and south of US 35.

I-71 no longer intersects US 35. The interchange is actually with the old alignment of US 35, which has been renumbered OH 435.

OH 435 has been added to this and subsequent signs.

The new alignment of US 35 passes over I-71.

I-71 has a wide median with lots of trees in this area just to the north of Kings Island.

These signs can be found along I-71 from the Kings Island area south to a point inside I-275.

Typical shot of I-71 between I-275 and downtown Cincinnati.

Oversized directional banner.

Sorry for the blurry shot, but it shows that airport traffic is directed to use I-471 to I-275 in Kentucky instead of staying on I-71 to I-75.

Lots of bridges in this area just north of the Lytle Tunnel and downtown Cincinnati

Entering the Lytle Tunnel and approaching I-71's merge with US 50, Fort Washington Way.

I-71 merges with US 50.

Typical view of the reconstructed Ft. Washington Way.

Overhead lane designations for I-71 and I-75.

Overheads, done Kentucky-style, on the Ohio Side of the river as I-71 merges into I-75 south and the routs prepare to cross the Brent Spence Bridge.

Heading south across the Brent Spence Bridge.

Overheads upon crossing the river into Kentucky. The following shots are of I-75 southbound between Cincinnati and Lexington.

Heading up the infamous "Death Hill."

These new signs have been installed along I-71/I-75 in the Northern Kentucky area.

Also recently installed are these radar display signs to caution drivers to obey the 55 mph speed limit in this area.

State-name signs for I-71 and I-75.

This was formerly the site of one of the last remaining button copy signs left in Kentucky.

Clearview's first appearance in Kentucky as you head south on I-75.

In this shot and the next, note the unusual use of a white border around the yellow tab instead of the typical black.

The infamous "Florence Y'all" water tower. The story behind this is that for years, many years prior to the construction of the Florence Mall, the water tower did in fact read "Florence Mall." There was some sort of local ordinance against advertising a facility that did not yet exist, so the wording was changed to "Florence Y'all." It was never changed back even after the Florence Mall was built.

When I-75 was widened to three lanes, it was somehow sqeezed into the space below this longstanding railroad overpass.

A shot of one of the recently completed widened portions of I-75 south of the I-71 split.

The fonts are different for the two sets of numbers on this sign.

This is the newest widened part of I-75 to be completed. Some signs have not yet been installed, including this one for the Barnes Road exit in the Dry Ridge-Williamstown area.

This sign was installed when the Barnes Road exit was built, just a few years ago. Makes little since for it to be replaced so soon, but apparently that's going to happen.

A look at the new Barnes Road exit on I-75.

Cynthiana has always been listed, in one form or another, as a supplemental destination at the KY 36 exit.

At this spot, south of KY 36, construction begins on the remaining 20 miles of I-75 to be widened between Cincinnati and Lexington.

For this section, it appears that final paving and touch-up work is all that's necessary to complete it.

Widening this portion of I-75 will require moving quite a bit of earth since the two carriageways of the interstate are on separate alignment.

At this point, I-75 has expanded to three lanes in each direction.

Burry photo (thanks to an overcast day) of a state name shield on I-75 south of the Sadieville exit.

Note the close placement of the "reduced speeed ahead" sign to the actual sign denoting the lowered speed limit.

Construction is ongoing to add a lane to the combined route of east I-64/south I-75 between the merge point for the two routes and the KY 922 exit.

Stack interchange of I-64 and I-75. The top bridge is the northbound carriageway of I-75. The lower bridge is the ramp from west I-64 to south I-75.

These next few photos are from I-64 eastbound between Lexington and Winchester. This route has been incrementally widened in stages over the past 8 years or so.

This sign, at one time, had a yellow "exit only" tab beneath it. Problem was, it wasn't over a lane that drops at the exit. You can see the beginning of the ramp in the background. So the panel was removed but the supports are still visible.

A look at the reconfigured KY 1958 exit at Winchester.

At the end of the ramp from I-64 westbound.

Looking north on KY 1958 at the overheads.

On KY 1958 approaching US 60.

On KY 1958 north at I-64.

Back on I-64 eastbound.

The next several photos are from the eastbound Mountain Parkway between I-64 and Slade.

The first eastbound Mountain Parkway sign.

This black-on-white use of Clearview is not according to standards.

This is one of my favorite views in all of Kentucky. This on the eastbound Mountain Parkway around mile marker 7. You can see the mountains in the background as the road drops from a plateau into a valley.

Another shot showing the Mountain Parkway's descent into a valley with the mountains in the distance.

This is the KY 974 overpass. Plans are to build exit ramps here.

Looking east at the Mountain Parkway's Red River crossing and the KY 1057 partial exit. There are plans underway to convert this exit into a full interchange, which may require widening the Red River bridges.

Heading south on KY 11 toward home.

Only 20 miles from home!

KY 11 has been designated the Veterans Memorial Highway.

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