PennDOT: Parts Of I-80, I-380 To See Increase To 70 MPH

Do you think this is a good idea or bad? Great story from CBS Pittsburgh

CBS Pittsburgh

HIGHSPIRE, Pa. (KDKA/AP) – Speed limits on more than 100 miles of two interstates maintained by PennDOT will rise to 70 mph for the first time as part of a pilot program.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said Wednesday that the sections include 88 miles on Interstate 80 in northern Clearfield and Clinton counties and 21 miles of Interstate 380 in northeastern Lackawanna and Monroe counties.

On Interstate 80, the 70 mph zone stretches from Exit 101 (Dubois) to mile marker 189 in Clinton County.

“After thorough analysis and reviewing other states’ practices, PennDOT is piloting this speed limit so we can use the data to determine where else the maximum speed could be increased,” Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch said in a statement. “Safety is our top priority in this process, and I urge drivers to obey the speed limit whether they’re in their neighborhood or on an interstate.”

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