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Snyder signs legislation to raise speed limits on designated roadways across Michigan

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LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Thursday which will increase speed limits on certain Michigan roadways after studies are conducted to ensure safety.

The bills require the Michigan Department of Transportation to allow the speed limit to be raised up to 75 mph on at least 600 miles of freeways and up to 65 mph on at least 900 miles on non-freeways.

“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,” Snyder said. 

The increases are allowed only if safety and engineering studies show the 85th percentile of speeds currently driven on those roads allow for it.

Snyder signed 11 other bills Thursday and vetoed two bills. The bills vetoed would have allowed billboards to be built on school property and would have removed training and certification requirements for individuals selling morel mushrooms to food establishments.