Wayne State University researchers to examine freeway speeds in Michigan

DETROIT (AP) -  Wayne State University researchers plan to study whether different freeway speed limits in Michigan for passenger vehicles and large trucks make roads safer.

The Detroit school says Peter Savolainen recently received a one-year, $175,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation to review research, survey trucking industry groups, collect historical and new field data, and conduct a statistical analysis.

The study will be delivered to MDOT officials, who are expected to consider whether to increase Michigan's speed limit for large trucks and buses.

Savolainen is an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering. He and co-principal investigator Timothy Gates, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, are among the researchers looking at the issue.




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