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ODOT to Increase Speed Limits on Rural Routes
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Speed limits are about to rise in Ohio for the second time this year.
Speed limits will reach as high as 70 mph on rural stretches of U.S. and state routes by October 4, when all signs indicating the changes are expected to be installed.
The rise is the result of legislation passed by the Ohio General Assembly, and comes after the July increase of rural highway speed limits to 70 mph.
State transportation officials believe the new speed limits fall within the boundaries of safe driving.
"Raising speed limits is not something the state takes lightly," said Ohio Dept. of Transportation (ODOT) Director Jerry Wray. "We put much time and consideration into identifying roadways where speed limits could increase while maintaining a safe commute for Ohio motorists."
The increases will affect the following types of routes:
- Rural divided highways (60 mph - 194 miles of roadway)
- Rural expressways without traffic control signals (65 mph - 15 miles of roadway)
- Rural freeways (70 mph - 398 miles of roadway)
Click here for maps highlighting the areas affected by the increased speed limits.