Michigan Highway 44 is a highway in west-central Michigan, from Grand Rapids north and east to near Belding. The southwestern endpoint is at a junction on the east side of Grand Rapids, just southwest of Interstate 96. This junction has Michigan Highway 37 running north-south, and Michigan Highway 21 streaming outward to the east. This junction is the western end of Michigan Highway 21 as well as the southern end of Michigan Highway 44. Michigan Highways 37 and 44 are duplexed north of here for a short distance, and then Michigan Highway 37 joins Interstate 96 westbound. Michigan Highway 44 heads north toward Rockford. Note that a separate alignment, labeled "Connector M-44", also exists, running southwest from Michigan Highway 44's seventh milepost to Interstate 96 in Plainfield Charter Township. Before the main alignment of Michigan Highway 44 reaches Rockford, it diverts onto an east-west alignment where it will spend most of its time. It passes south of Greenville, through Belding, to end at Michigan Highway 66 north of Ionia.
My photo of Michigan Highway 44 is a northbound reassurance marker, posted as Michigan Highway 44 "east", in Grand Rapids. The overwhelming majority of Michigan Highway 44 is east-west, so the signage is appropriate. This is the reassurance marker seen by northbound traffic leaving the interchange with Interstate 96. The opportunity to snap this photo came during a trip around central and southern portions of the Lower Peninsula during March of 2019.