A court ruled this month that the Michigan State Police and the state
transportation department have the authority to change speed limits on
state-owned roads, regardless of their location.
The Michigan Court of Appeals’ decision, released Dec. 21, overturned a
circuit court finding that the MSP and Michigan Department of Transportation
should not have increased speed limits 10 mph on two state-owned roads in
In February 2004, the speed limits on
Grand River Avenue
were increased to 45
mph and 35 mph, respectively.
The agencies said those limits more closely match the actual speeds
traveled by vehicles on those roads.
MSP, MDOT and the state’s Transportation Commission appealed the
earlier ruling, the Detroit Free Press reported.
The appeals court said state law gives the agencies express authority
to override local changes to speed limits on state-owned roads.