Governor Rick Snyder signed into law this week a package of bills allowing the Department of Transportation to increase speed limits to 75 mph on up to 600 miles of Michigan’s limited access freeways. He was surrounded at the bill signing ceremony by members of the Michigan State Police, the National Motorists Association and other supporters of the bill including sponsors Representative Brad Jacobsen, R-Oxford Township, and Senator Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba. The bill also allows speed limits to increase on some state trunk line highways to 65 mph, reduce some gravel road speed limits and require local governments to set speed limits based on engineering studies. The MDOT will be responsible for studying and recommending roads that meet the criteria for increased speed limits.
Photos and reporting by Steve Purdy