July 1, 2016

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Speed limit raised to 70 on some highways

More than 300 new signs, like this one on Interstate 71 north of Medina, alert motorists that, as of Monday, the speed limit has been raised to 70 mph along Ohio’s rural interstate highways. The higher limits apply to 570 miles of parts of six interstates. For Interstate 71, motorists will be able to go faster from just south of the Brunswick city limits all the way to the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge north of Columbus. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY LOREN GENSON)

Faster speeds

Motorists also will be able to go 70 mph on the following sections of other interstates:

• I-76, from just outside Akron east to just west of Youngstown.
• I-77, from just outside of Canton south to the West Virginia border.
• I-90, from just outside of Cleveland to the Pennsylvania border.
• I-70, from the Indiana border in the west to just outside of Wheeling, W.Va., in the east, excluding Dayton, Columbus and Zanesville.
• I-75, from just outside of Toledo going south until just north of Dayton, excluding Findlay and Lima.

The speed limit is going up to 70 mph on other rural Ohio freeways later this year. Gov. John Kasich on Sunday signed an amendment to the state budget bill authorizing the increase.

State transportation officials pointed out that the higher speed limit is not new to Ohio: Motorists on all 241 miles of the Ohio Turnpike already can drive 70 mph.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 34 other states have some posted speed limits of 70 mph or higher, including Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky and West Virginia.

For a map of the new limits on the interstates, go to www.dot.state.oh.us/news/Documents/70-MPH-Map.pdf.

Loren Genson About Loren Genson

Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.