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    Speed Limits Will Be Increasing in Michigan's UP

    Posted by Emily Hare
    on Wednesday, April 26, 2017

     Snowmobilers who trailer their sleds to Michigan's Upper Peninsula may be interested to know that certain highway sections will have increased speed limits soon. That means you'll be able to get to those trailheads just a little bit faster - we're okay with that!

    According to an article by WLUC-TV6 in Negaunee, Mich., the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) says it will increase speed limits to 65 miles per hour on nine sections (900 miles of Upper Michigan state highways by November. The speed limit on 600 miles of I-75 will also increase 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.

    ... 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."

    For the full article with detailed routes, click here.

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