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Deal reached to set new speed limits up to 75 MPH on Michigan roadways

Feb 1, 2016

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State lawmakers say they’ve reached a deal to increase speed limits on some Michigan roadways.

On Tuesday, a state House panel is expected to vote on bills that could set speed limits on some highways as high as 75 miles-per-hour. The bipartisan bills would set speed limits based on studies that show how fast most drivers already travel.

Lawmakers were considering going as high as 80 miles-per-hour. But that plan stalled – in part due to safety concerns.

“We have determined that 75 would be more palatable for people to accept,” said state House Transportation Committee Chair Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle.

“When you look at roads like I-75, that are going to be raised to 75 miles-an-hour in some sections, it makes perfect sense. It helps keep traffic moving. And we believe it’s the place to go right now.”

Pettalia hopes higher speed limits will be in place in time for summer tourism season this year.