Michigan has increased speed limits on stretches of highways for trucks
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced that the speed limit on rural highways throughout Michigan will be lifted to 75 mph. 600 miles of interstate highways will increase from 65 to 75 mph speed limit and 900 miles of non-interstate highway will increase from 55 to 65 mph.
The higher limits are required under a set of bills sign into law by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. One condition to the bill was only to go into effect if safety studies conducted by MDOT and the Michigan State police show that 85% of drivers traveled at the proposed speed limits at that time.
So, after the conducted study, MDOT, along with the Michigan State Police increased the speed limits for trucks on non-freeway state highways to 55mph and 65 mph on interstate highways.
The increased limit is for cars as well, so the split limit for cars and trucks will remain. Cars will have a 65-mph limit on state highways and 75 mph limit on interstates.
With these changes, Michigan now has higher speed limits than any other Great Lakes state. MDOT says that the new speed limits are required to be in place by January 5, 2018.
“The corridors identified by MDOT and MSP were selected not only because studies indicated most drivers were already driving at those increased speeds, but also because their design and safety features were best suited to these speed limits,” said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle.
“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.”
The first freeways to see 75 mph limits will be Interstate 75 between Bay City and Sault Ste. Marie. Stretches of U.S. 127 between the Lansing and Grayling areas and U.S. 131 between the Grand Rapids and Cadillac areas will see the increase limits by mid-May.