The Michigan Department of Transportation is expected to announce speed limit increases on 15-hundred miles of road today. MDOT also will begin installing sign overlays reflecting the new 65 miles per hour speed limit for trucks and buses on state roadways with posted speed limits of 65 miles per hour or greater. Marie will see a speed limit increase to 75 miles per hour. The law requires that these modified speed limits be in place prior to January 5, 2018. "We reviewed design speeds, crash patterns, number of access points, traffic volumes and continuity of these corridors, and chose them to minimize necessary improvements for higher speed limits".
If you head Up North to enjoy pure MI scenery or routinely travel the more remote areas of the state, you'll be able to put your foot down starting May 1.
Speed limits are being raised on selected roadways, up to 65 miles an hour on state highways and 75 miles an hour on freeways, under a bill approved a year ago in Lansing.
MSP says they will be enforcing the current posted speed limits.
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MI legislators originally contemplated allowing speeds of up to 80 miles per hour, but after almost two years of debate settled on 75 miles per hour in the final version of bills they approved in late 2016. The two state agencies studies where speeds could increase based on 85th-percentile speeds (the speed at or below which 85 percent of traffic is moving) and the results of engineering and safety studies.
Portions of I-69 east of Lansing, US-10 near Midland and US-31 in Oceana and Mason counties will also increase to 75 miles per hour.
Michigan State Police say as speed limits increase, law enforcement will continue to enforce the posted speed limit on roadways.