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In a few months you might need to double check the speed limit on a lot of Michigan roads.

Governor Rick Snyder signed a package of bills Thursday that will change the speed limits on quite a few roads and highways.

The legislation will raise the speed limit on certain roads to 75-miles per hour.

But highways are not the only areas that will see changes. Certain gravel roads will get reduced speed limits and the hours for school zone speed limits could change as well.

Michigan transportation officials are urging caution amid wintry weather that's affecting travel across portions of the state. 

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Why are portions of M-6 crumbling, and what is the state doing about it?

In 2004 the Michigan Department of Transportation spent $370 million constructing the South Beltline. The warranty on the surface expired before sections of the freeway began to fail. Three years from now MDOT will resurface two, three mile sections of M-6 where seams are prematurely deteriorating.

The state called on Dr. Peter Taylor, director of the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center, to find out what can be done to improve state roadway surfaces.

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In 2004 the Michigan Department of Transportation spent $370 million constructing the South Beltline. Three years from now MDOT will resurface two, three mile sections of M-6 where seams are prematurely deteriorating. The warranty on the surface expired before it failed.

Why are portions of M-6 crumbling now and what is the state doing about it?

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A section of road slightly longer than a football field has mistakenly earned Kalamazoo 53 years of state funding.

Kalamazoo Deputy City Manager Jeff Chamberlain tells MLive that an inaccessible section of Crane Avenue near Crane Park was wrongly certified as a public road in 1963.

The road's status is at the center of a conflict between residents who use it as the only safe way to access their condominium development and city officials who believe it should stay closed to traffic.

The 350-foot segment earned Kalamazoo $192 in local street funding this year.

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A convoy of U.S. Army vehicles will cruise along Interstate 69 in Lapeer and St. Clair counties as part of an initial testing of driverless military vehicle equipment on public roadways.

Representatives from the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center and the Michigan Department of Transportation held public information sessions on the testing Monday in Imlay City and Capac.

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State highway officials say concrete is crumbling on a three-mile stretch of the M-6 freeway south of Grand Rapids years before it should've started deteriorating.

Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman John Richard tells WOOD-TV that transportation officials are blaming the failure on a shortage in the natural resin used in highway concrete when the freeway was built about a dozen years ago.

He says crews were forced to use synthetic resin on the project.

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Transportation experts say driverless cars are around the corner, and Michigan may be well-poised to benefit.

"We may be the last generation that owns cars."

That’s California-based sustainable transportation consultant Lauren Isaac.

"It’s kind of mindblowing," she says. "And even beyond that, our kids, our grandkids - they probably will not have to deal with speeding tickets, or worrying about drunk driving or looking around for parking." 

Michigan seeks 'Road Watchers' in western portion of state

Jan 17, 2016

The Michigan Department of Transportation is seeking "Road Watchers" to report on winter highway conditions in western Michigan.

The agency is seeking people in a 13-county region to participate in periodic surveys measuring winter highway conditions during the 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. commuting period.

The roadways include Interstate 96 in Muskegon, Ottawa, Kent and Ionia counties as well as I-196 in Allegan, Ottawa and Kent counties.

Portions of U.S. highways 31 and 131 will be monitored as part of the effort as well as Michigan highways 6 and 37.

Authorities are recommending the relocation of cable barriers and many other changes in the area of a massive pileup early this year on Interstate 94 in southwestern Michigan.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports the results of a safety audit were released Monday by state and federal officials.

It was commissioned by the state after the Jan. 9 wreck that involved nearly 200 vehicles on both sides of the freeway east of Galesburg.

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