MDOT To Increase Speed Limit on US 127

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

The speed limit on the stretch of US 127 is about to be bumped up from 55 to 65 miles per hour.

"Starting April 5, that week we will start putting up new signs on US 127 north of St. Johns," Kari Arend of MDOT said.

After collaboration with the state police, MDOT has decided to raise the speed limit on US 127 between St Johns and Ithaca, they say for safety reasons.

"It's always safer for drivers to drive a consistent speed," Arend said.

Its confusing she said for drivers exiting the freeway at 70 miles per hour, to hit the brakes so quickly, and many of them aren't doing so.

"We found that 85 percent of drivers are going 63-64 miles per hour there," Arend said.

But just because everyone's doing it, doesn't make it right says Clinton County Sheriff Wayne Kangas. He worries increased speeds will only accelerate the number of accidents.

"There are two golf courses there, there are 57 driveways cuts on that stretch in Clinton County, there are a number of concerns there," Kangas said.

The people News Ten talked to who live and work on the same stretch of highway said, just because the speed limit may be 65 miles per hour, that's not how fast drivers will be going.

"They'll go 70 mph," Jeanette Argersinger, who lives nearby, said. "It's not like a limited access road, you can get on where ever you want. I think it's ridiculous to increase the speed for this area."

But there are plenty of drivers out there welcome the increase. Kangas said he and his deputies will keep an eye for those who try to push it.

"[MDOT] says drivers won't go to 70 mph," Kangas said. "I hope they're right."

This stretch will be the first non-freeway in the state to have designated speeds above 55 miles per hour. The new signs will begin to go up on Monday.


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