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Speed limit set to increase



Published: Wed, May 22, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

ohio interstates

Change will impact 570 miles of highway

By Marc Kovac

news@vindy.com

COLUMBUS

Speedsters, mark your calendars: July 1 is the day you can legally drive 70 mph on much of the state’s interstate highway system, thanks to a change in state law OK’d earlier this year and set to take effect this summer.

A map released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Transportation pinpoints the stretches of roadway “outside urbanized areas” where speeds will be bumped up from 65 mph.

For example, travelers leaving areas outside of Dayton, Cincinnati and Cleveland and heading toward Columbus will be allowed to accelerate a little more.

So will those heading from Toledo to Lima, Austintown to Akron and Bolivar to Marietta.

According to ODOT, the change affects some 570 miles of the state’s 1,332 miles of interstate highway.

The speed limit along the Ohio Turnpike already is set at 70.

More than 30 other states have speed limits of 70 mph or higher, including neighboring Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky and West Virginia.

ODOT will be installing 300-plus new signs noting the increased speed limit, as well as “Reduced Speed Ahead” signage noting where limits drop.

The speed-limit increase was included in the biennial budgets for ODOT and several other state agencies that was passed by lawmakers and signed into law by Gov. John Kasich in April.

That legislation also included the governor’s much-touted plan to leverage $3 billion for road and bridge repairs using future turnpike tolls.


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1ytownsteelman(628 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

About time!

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2youngstown615(98 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

For travelers, this is GREAT!!

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3NoBS(1940 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Finally - we're back to the speed those roads were designed for.

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4NoBS(1940 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

I agree, 123goz, That's why it was ridiculous that some people whined about people going "too fast" at 65 mph on them.

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5MPur1021240(15 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Terrific! Now we will have people coming down the on ramps at 45 MPH trying to merge with 70 MPH traffic! They should be posting "Minimum Merge Speed" at the ends of the ramps. Too many gas misers trying to squeeze that last ounce of petrol for everything it's worth so it takes them 2 miles to get up to traffic speed. They are going to get some one killed this way!
Start writing tickets for this and the state wont need to leverage funds. Three tickets for this in a three month period and you get special plates that prohibit you from being on the expressway.

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