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October 24, 2014, 7:46 am
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Higher Speed Limit Could Cost $200,000 In New Signage


If Governor Pat Quinn signs legislation raising the speed limit on many Illinois highways to 70 miles per hour, taxpayers could foot the bill for more than $200,000 to update signage.

 

The state Department of Transportation estimates that replacing or revising more than 900 speed limit signs on affected roads would cost between $150,000 and $200,000 in new signs, labor, and other related costs.  That only accounts for the price tag on interstates overseen by IDOT; new signage on toll roads would be an additional cost, coming out of the budget of the Illinois Toll Highway Authority.

 

Quinn has not said yet whether he will sign the bill, which received final legislative approval this week.

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