Going south on ME 209 we see this sign with "FORMERLY RT. 217" tab. The reason these are up is to update motorists of the recent change since route 217 still appears on many maps and GPS's. It also is an update for drivers who want to access the ever popular summer resort named Sebasco Harbor Resort (where we stayed, great place). To see more shots of the route, see here: http://www.gribblenation.net/meends/217.html
I took a shot of our GPS system when we were traveling south on ME 209 approaching old ME 217. As you can see, ME 217 is still mentioned on GPS's and maps, so the "FORMERLY ROUTE 217" signs are needed.
The intersection. As you can see, it says "FORMERLY ROUTE 217" to update drivers.
Now on ME route 209 north approaching the old ME 217.
The intersection signage.
Now perspective of the old eastern end of ME 217 on old ME 217 going east approaching ME 209.
The intersection. This is the historic end of old ME 217.
Going west on old ME 217, this basically shows what the entire lenght of ME 217 looks like. It was very minor and MDOT didn't want to waste money to maintain it.
Now on its final curve, we see a good view of the summer resort Sebasco Harbor Resort.
And here is a view of the west end of ME 217. It pops out of nowhere. Even when the route exsisted, there wasn't any signage to identify its west end, just MDOT logs and wikipedia articles.
Here is the same intersection at a different angle. Since we stayed at a cottage behind the camera here (part of Sebasco), I was able to get some shots of this intersection.
The street signs seen at the west end.
And below the street signs, is this interesting sign directing Sebasco traffic to get to ME 209.
This is a map of the entire lenght of old ME 217. It was a very short and minor road as you can see, and also looks like Google made the change to erase ME 217 on here.