The state has spoken: Parts of US-12 in Saline to see faster speed limits
Look for new faster speed limits on portions of US-12 in Saline in early 2012 as the state has made its final decision.
City Manager Todd Campbell told the City Council on Monday that Michigan State Trooper Lt. Gary Megee contacted him recently and confirmed that the section of Michigan Avenue between Industrial and Hopper would be increased to 50 mph, while the section from Hopper to Kevling would increase to 45 mph.
Two weeks ago, Megee made a presentation to the City Council and said the new speeds weren't a done deal.
During his report, Megee said that slower speeds lower driver and pedestrian expectations and if cars are traveling faster than the posted speed limits, it becomes a safety risk for everyone.
So, once the new signs go up, drivers traveling from Kevling to Harris will see new speed limits of 40 mph.
The area through the downtown will remain at 30 mph.
But, there will be no change for the short stretch from Lewis to Mills, that speed limit will remain 30 mph. But from Lewis to River Oaks the new speed will be 40 mph and from River Oaks to Austin Road, the speed will increase to 45 mph.
The state is expected to complete its paperwork on the new speed limits by Dec. 31 and then “it could be two days or two months” before the new speed limit signs are erected, Campbell said.
Lisa Allmendinger is a regional reporter for AnnArbor.com. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more Saline stories, visit our Saline page.