Monday update: E. Lansing speed limits to increase, but not yet
Timeline for the changes has not been determined
Lansing State Journal
EAST LANSING - Speed limits on Saginaw Street and Grand River Avenue will be going up by 10 miles an hour.
When it will happen, however, remains a question.
East Lansing challenged a decision by the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Department of Transportation that raised limits to 35 miles an hour on Grand River and 45 mph on Saginaw.
A local judge agreed with the city that it has authority over speed limits in school zones and business districts even on state trunklines, but the Michigan Court of Appeals reversed that decision. "We have exhausted all of our legal remedies," City Manager Ted Staton said last week.
Bill Shreck, director of communications for MDOT, said State Police plan to meet with city officials this week to work out logistics. MDOT representatives also soon will meet with city representatives, he said. He said he could not predict when the limits actually will be raised but said it will be a little while yet. State Police and MDOT said the increased limits will more closely match the actual speeds on the streets. The city argued the higher limits would be dangerous to pedestrians and would result even faster driving.