Michigan Highway 59 is an east-west highway across the outer northern suburban area of Detroit, plus rural areas just to the west of that. East of Lansing, Interstate 96 bends from easterly to southeasterly; as it does so near Howell, Michigan, Michigan Highway 59 appears so it can serve travelers who would prefer to continue due easterly. That puts the western end of Michigan Highway 59 at an interchange with Interstate 69 in Howell, Michigan. The first (westernmost) part of Michigan Highway 59 doesn't pass through any incorporated towns, staying mainly rural. When it enters Metro Detroit, however, it becomes the main east-west surface route through the heart of Pontiac. Leaving Pontiac, Michigan Highway 59 becomes a bit of an expressway. Around Utica, Michigan Highway 59 stays a high-speed multi-lane highway, but with at-grade intersections. This is the nature of Michigan Highway 59 for the remainder of its route. The eastern end is at Interstate 94, where Chesterfield meets Mount Clemens.
My photo of a Michigan Highway 59 marker comes from the northern end of Michigan Highway 97. Very near the eastern end of Michigan Highway 59 in the northeastern reaches of Metro Detroit, the site where I took this photo is where Chesterfield meets Mount Clemens. The signage depicted indicates the northern end of Michigan Highway 97, and that access to either direction of Michigan Highway 59 requires a turn toward the east. As Michigan Highway 59 is a divided Michigan boulevard, a left turn requires the "Michigan left" maneuver; a turn to the right and then a u-turn at a designated passage through the median. This photo, like most of my other photos in Metro Detroit, came from my trip across the area and the Michigan Thumb in April 2021.