Published: Wed, April 26, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Speed limit increases on tap for some MI roads

Speed limit increases on tap for some MI roads

The Department of Transportation will begin posting 75 miles per hour speed limit signs for three freeway routes on Monday, including portions of Interstate 75, US-127 and US-131, up from the current 70 miles per hour limits.

- FOX 2 has learned that speed limit increases in the state of MI will be announced Wednesday.

The law also calls for increasing speed limits from 55 miles per hour to 65 miles per hour on certain non-freeway state highways, but none of such roads in West Michigan will have the new speed limits for now. The law requires that these modified speed limits be in place prior to January 5, 2018.

But this Detroiter says higher speed limits should be allowed everywhere in MI.

US-127 in mid-Michigan will get 75 mph speeds on an 18-mile stretch from I-69 to St. Johns in Clinton County and another 98 miles from Ithaca to I-75.

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.

A look at speed limit increases on rural trunk lines.

The change comes after the state legislature approved increases late a year ago.

Others say people already drive too fast and higher speed limits will encourage them to drive even faster.

New speed limits will be posted on those three routes by mid-May.

The transportation department and state police said they're finalizing details to raise speed limits on additional routes by mid-November. It tasked the two agencies with increasing speed limits on some state highways and freeways 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.

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