M-6 (South Beltline) is a new south freeway bypass of Grand Rapids, which will ultimately connect I-196 to I-96 at a distance of 20 miles. For now, a 7 mile stretch is open from M-37 east to I-96. Brian Reynolds traversed this stretch of M-6 on May 5, 2002. He photographed the series of signage, shown below, along the last 2 miles of eastbound M-6, approaching I-96. Note how the M.D.O.T. has placed strong emphasis on the fact that this is the end of the line for M-6.
The temporary western terminus of M-6 is at M-37. M-6 is scheduled to be completed to its ultimate western terminus at I-196 by 2005.