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Speed Limits To Increase On Some Stretches Of Highways, Freeways In May

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Several stretches of highway and freeway will soon see a speed limit increase.

MDOT says 436 miles of freeways will go to 75 miles per hour for cars and 65 for trucks in May.

Following that, 900 miles of two lane highways will be raised to 65 miles per hour.

“I think it’s going to be a good thing for the truck drivers in general. We can get things done a lot quicker and more efficiently,” says Dustin Jenema, TJ’s Trucking Incorporated.

Interstate 75 from Sault Ste. Marie to Bay City, stretches of US 127 from Lansing to Grayling and US 131 from Grand Rapids to Cadillac are all freeways increasing their speed limits next week.

It’s a change truck drivers say will be helpful.

“Every second is going to count. We have a 14 hour day once our clock starts, it’s starting here is not shutting it off. We have to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible,” says Jenema. “Now that it’s bumped up, a guy can actually get home and be with his family.”

Highways like M-115 are also going to increasing the speed limit from 55 to 65 miles per hour.

“I think on two lane roads it would be extremely dangerous. People already go 60, 65, 70 and very close calls with people. Passing lanes coming up, but they still pass,” says Traverse City resident, Kathy Desch.

Some drivers are concerned about speed increases on 900 miles of two lane highways, including stretches of M-115, 37 and 55.

“A lot of big trucks, what about all the cargo that they are carrying around and gas and oil? I don’t think it’s a good idea at all,” explains Desch.

Speed limit signs on the freeways and highways will change in the month of May and throughout the year.