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US-2 is NOT a Freeway, 2006

While traffic on Upper Peninsula highways has traditionally been given a bit more leeway on the posted speed limits by the Michigan State Police, in the mid-2000s, the state police began to crack down on unsafe driving, road rage and excessive speeding on US-2 across the U.P. In 2006, MDOT posted a set of three signs along US-2 WEST in St Ignace as a friendly reminder that US-2 is not a freeway and the speed limits are set accordingly.

The first of the three signs. Note that the legend is rendered in mixed-case Clearview and erected on steel posts, much as a sign along a freeway would be... it's ironic, isn't it? Also note the all upper-case "NOT" for emphasis. Bonus points if you can identify the "hidden" item in this photo, related to driving safely and within the posted speed limits... (Photo taken on September 4, 2006) Photo ©2006 by Christopher J. Bessert. All Rights Reserved.
Headlights on for Safety sign on US-2 in St Ignace
The second of three signs along US-2 WEST in St Ignace between the Burger King and Suzy's Pasties as you begin the trek westerly across the U.P. from the Mackinac Bridge. While these signs have appeared elsewhere on the state trunkline system, they are still rather rare. (Photo taken on September 4, 2006) Photo ©2006 by Christopher J. Bessert. All Rights Reserved.
Speed Limit 55 and Your Speed indicator on US-2 WEST in St Ignace
The third signs in the trio, these include a standard Speed Limit 55 sign, but bordered in highly-reflective yellow for added visibility, and a "Your Speed" sign over a digital readout wih a radar gun mounted on the lower right corner of the sign. On the day this photo was taken, September 4, 2006, the digital readout was not turned on nor was the radar gun in operation. Photo ©2006 by Christopher J. Bessert. All Rights Reserved.

 

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