Speed limit being increased to 75 mph in Michigan's UP

(WWJ) Speed limits are being increased on select roadways in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, according to CBS Detroit.

Speed limits are being raised on selected roadways, up to 65 miles an hour on state highways and 75 miles an hour on freeways, under a bill approved last year in Lansing. Road studies by M-DOT and Michigan State Police will determine if it’s a good fit for state thoroughfares after the higher limits take effect.

“Ensuring that all Michiganders are safe while operating vehicles on our state’s roadways is critically important, and these bills allow for appropriately increased speed limits on certain roadways after safety studies are conducted,” Gov. Rick Snyder said earlier this year.

Overall, the 75 mph speed limit will be applied to 600 miles of rural limited access freeway, and 900 miles of state trunk line highway will see speeds rise to 65 miles per hour.

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)

The other corridors reviewed and selected for increased speed limits are: Limited-access freeways
- I-69
– I-69 Business Route (Saginaw Highway) to Swartz Creek (Clinton, Shiawassee, and Genesee counties)
- I-69 – From the Genesee/Lapeer county line to I-94 (Genesee, Lapeer, and St. Clair counties)
- US-10
– M-115 to I-75 (Clare, Isabella, Midland, and Bay counties)
- US-31 – South Oceana County line to US-10 (Oceana and Mason counties) Non-freeways
- US-2 – Wakefield to Iron River (Gogebic and Iron counties)
- US-2 – St. Ignace to Rapid River (Mackinac, Schoolcraft, and Delta counties)
- US-23
– East of Cheboygan to east of M-65 (Cheboygan and Presque Isle 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-32 – Atlanta to Alpena (Montmorency and Alpena counties)
- M-33 – Atlanta to Onaway (Montmorency and Presque Isle counties)
- M-37 – Mesick to Wolf Lake (Wexford and Lake counties)
- M-55 – US-31 to Cadillac West (Manistee and Wexford counties)
- M-64 – M-28 to Old M-107 (Ontonagon County) - M-65 – US-23 to M-32 west junction (Arenac, Iosco, Alcona, and Alpena counties)
- M-65 – M-32 east junction to US-23 (Alpena and Presque Isle counties)
- M-68 – I-75 to US-23 (Cheboygan and Presque Isle counties)
- M-72
– Grayling to Mio (Crawford and Oscoda counties)
- M-72
– Fairview to M-65 north junction (Oscoda and Alcona counties)
- M-72
– M-65 south junction to Harrisville (Alcona County)
- M-77 – US-2 to M-28 (Schoolcraft County)
- M-115
– Benzonia to Mesick (Benzie and Wexford counties)
- M-123
– I-75 to Paradise (Mackinac and Chippewa counties)
- M-231
– M-45 to M-104 (Ottawa County) 

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