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Speed limit modifications approved for state highways in Midland CountyContact: Anita Richardson, MDOT Office of Communications, 989-754-0878, ext. 227Agency: Transportation
January 12, 2007 - - In accordance with national principles and in an effort to set safe and enforceable speed limits last summer, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Michigan State Police conducted speed studies to determine and recommend the safest speed limits for Michigan state highways.
Recently, MDOT and MSP, in cooperation with the city of Midland, approved speed limit changes for several highways, including changes effective in mid-January 2007 within the city of Midland.
"Realistic speed limits are important for safe highways," said MDOT's Mt. Pleasant Transportation Service Center Manager Terry Palmer. "Providing a smooth and orderly flow of traffic is a major factor in preventing crashes on Michigan highways."
As a result of the traffic survey conducted in the area near downtown Midland, speed limits will be increased in some areas, reduced in others, and will remain the same in those areas where speed modifications were not shown to be necessary.
"We expect to begin posting new speed limit signs by Friday, Jan. 12, with this work concluding by mid-January." said Palmer. "Once a sign is placed, the approved modification will be in effect."
Approaching downtown on M-20 from the west, motorists will find the speed has been reduced to 35 mph from the current limit of 40 mph. En route to downtown Midland from the east, the posted freeway speed limit will increase to 70 mph. Motorists traveling west of the Saginaw Road overpass will find a speed-limit reduction from 55 mph to 45 mph. School hour speed limits have not been changed and will remain at 25 mph.
Following the implementation of these modifications, posted speed limits for the city of Midland will be as follows:
Eastman Road (US-10 BR):
45 mph from US-10 to S of McGregor Street
35 mph from McGregor Street to the beginning of the divided roadway
25 mph remains in effect during school hours
Indian and Buttles streets (US-10 BR and M-20):
35 mph from Eastman Road split to east of State Street
45 mph from east of State Street to west of the Saginaw Road overpass
M-20 (US-10 BR) freeway:
70 mph from west of the Saginaw Road overpass to US-10
M-20 (Downtown Midland):
35 mph from the Tittabawassee River Bridge west of Main Street, to Indian Street
A map showing where speed limit modifications will be in effect is attached for your convenience.
For information concerning the basis for speed limit, traffic controls, and state guidelines for establishing reasonable and safe speed limits, visit the Michigan State Police Web site at www.michigan.gov/msp/0,1607,7-123--16169--,00.html. For information about establishing realistic speed limits, visit www.michigan.gov/msp/0,1607,7-123--87384--,00.html.
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