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October 21, 2014, 11:47 pm
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IDOT: Engineering Studies Led to Keeping 65 MPH Speed Limit Around Springfield

State transportation officials say engineering studies led them to keep the speed limit at 65 miles an hour for the stretch of interstate immediately adjacent to Springfield… even though most of the rest of Illinois’s interstate highways will climb to 70 in the New Year.


IDOT spokesperson Paris Ervin could not say specifically what factors led to the decision, but says the study evaluated conditions including traffic counts and the ability of exit and entrance ramps to handle higher rates of speed.


The new 70-mile-an-hour limit takes effect January 1st, but new signage will go up gradually over the next three weeks… and IDOT officials say you should adhere to the posted speed limit.

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