With higher speed limits elsewhere, locals could feel impact of future insurance hikes

By: 
Linda Gallagher, Associate Editor

Photo courtesy of MDOT

Michigan Department of Transportation maintenance worker Jeff Smith, from the MDOT Statewide Sign Shop, fastens a “75” overlay on a speed limit sign last week along northbound US-127, north of Lansing. New speed limits went into effect in many areas of northern Michigan on May 1.

MANCELONA – Although more than 1,500 miles of Michigan state highway, including a number of roadways in northern lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, saw a speed limit increase as of May 1, none of the primary trunk lines managed by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) in Antrim or Kalkaska counties were affected by the change.

The adjustment came after the governor's recent approval of PA 445, passed by the Legislature late last year. It tasked the MDOT 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 results of engineering and safety studies.

Of the changes, 900 miles of roadway is increasing to 65 mph and 600 freeway miles are increasing to 75 mph.

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