(WLUC) - By November, MDOT says it will increase speed limits to 65 miles per hour on nine sections of Upper Michigan highway. The speed limit on I-75 in Upper Michigan will also increase to 75 mph.
Photo courtesy: Michigan Department of Transportation and the Michigan State Police
The Michigan Department of Transportation and Michigan State Police have identified 900 miles of non-freeway state highways for speed limit increases to 65 mph and 600 miles of freeway for speed limit increases to 75 mph. Select freeway routes will have increased speed limits posted beginning May 1, according to a news release from MDOT.
The change comes after the state legislature approved increases late last year. 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. The law requires that these modified speed limits be in place prior to Jan. 5, 2018.
MDOT says new speed limits will be posted on all of the selected freeway and non-freeway routes prior to mid-November.
In Upper Michigan, the corridors reviewed and selected for increased speed limits are:
· US-2 - Wakefield to Iron River (Gogebic and Iron counties)
· US-2 - St. Ignace to Rapid River (Mackinac, Schoolcraft, and Delta counties)
· US-45 - North of US-2 to M-26 (Gogebic and Ontonagon counties)
· M-28 - East of Harvey to Christmas (Marquette and Alger counties)
· M-28 - Munising to I-75 (Alger, Schoolcraft, Luce, and Chippewa counties)
· M-28 - Wakefield to US-41 (Gogebic, Ontonagon, Houghton, and Baraga counties)
· M-64 - M-28 to Old M-107 (Ontonagon County)
· M-77 - US-2 to M-28 (Schoolcraft County)
· M-123 – I-75 to Paradise (Mackinac and Chippewa counties)
MDOT will begin posting new speed limits beginning May 1, starting with three freeway routes:
· I-75 - Bay City to US-23 in Mackinaw City (Bay, Arenac, Ogemaw, Roscommon, Crawford, Otsego, Cheboygan, and Emmet counties), and St. Ignace to Sault Ste. Marie (Mackinac and Chippewa counties)
· US-127 - I-69 to the end of the freeway at St. Johns (Clinton County), and the beginning of the freeway at Ithaca to I-75 (Gratiot, Isabella, Clare, Roscommon, and Crawford counties)
· US-131 - M-57 to the end of the freeway north of Manton (Kent, Montcalm, Mecosta, Osceola, and Wexford counties)
New speed limits will be posted on those three routes by mid-May.
While implementing these modified speed limits, MDOT also will install advisory speed and curve warning signs, shorten passing zones, move signs, and change pavement markings where necessary. Reduced speed limits in communities along these corridors will remain in place.
Michigan State Police say as speed limits increase, law enforcement will continue to enforce the posted speed limit on roadways.
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