"You'll see an increase of usually about five miles an hour, from either
55 to 60; 60 to 65; or 65 to 70. Those are on rural, divided highways --
highways that look like an interstate or have some kind of median in between
them. So, it won't be your two-lanes. It will be divided
Ayers explains what factors the department looked at in approving speed
limit increases on Route 7 and other roads...
looked at where were stretches of road that fell into the definition of the law
that people could safely drive at increased speeds. Safety is really our
number one priority, so we want to make sure that the road is one that you should
be able to drive 70 or 65 or 60 on."
The changes officially went into effect yesterday, but ODOT
crews will be changing signs the next few days. Ayers says until the signs are
updated, you should drive the posted speed limit.
Link to map of speed limit increases in ODOT District
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