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Speed Limits Up On Some Area Highways

You can now drive 70 miles per hour on parts of Interstates 80 and 380 and get away with it. The speed limit there went up Monday morning.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is also involved in this.  A 100-mile stretch in the western part of the state was converted to 70 miles per hour late last month.

It really is a sign of the times: a contractor hired by PennDOT took down the 65 mile per hour speed limit signs along Interstate 380 near the Moscow exit in Lackawanna County and put up 70 mile per hour signs.

A 16-mile stretch of Interstate 380 is involved from the Interstate 84 split in Lackawanna County, all the way to the Tobyhanna exit in Monroe County.New_Interstate380_Speed_Map1

That’s a change from what PennDOT announced last month when the 70 mph speed limit was planned to go to the Mount Pocono exit. PennDOT shortened the stretch to Tobyhanna because of concerns over development near Mount Pocono.

Interstate 80 is also involved. 70 miles per hour is also legal all the way from DuBois in Clearfield County, to Clinton County, near the Jersey Shore exit, covering 88 miles of interstate.

New_Interstate_80_Speed_Map1

Those two interstates are the first to get the newer and higher speed limit. They might not be the last.

PennDOT will study what happens there, and if it shows drivers and the highway can safely handle 70, more miles of interstate will see a change.

Decisions could be made, according to PennDOT, by next spring and summer.

Reaction from drivers about the new speed limit has been mixed.

10 comments

  • James C. Walker

    IF SAFETY IS THE GOAL, limits are set at the 85th percentile speed of free flowing traffic under good conditions. PA does NOT use this method, though they seem willing to move some limits up from maybe the 20th percentile to maybe the 40th. One reason for the glacial progress in correcting the limits to be anywhere close to the safest levels is PennDOT is unwilling to admit by statements or actions that they have fed the public 40 years worth of BS about what are the safest limits.

    Other state DOTs have far more courage and are unwilling to leave the limits set way below the safest points.

    James C. Walker, Life Member – National Motorists Association

  • Bryan

    I would venture to say that 98% of all accidents are caused by underskilled or poorly trained drivers. I drive about 60,000 miles a year and I see it every day. My biggest pet peeve is the people who cut me off when I am in a big truck at red lights or merge so close to my truck I could touch their bumper. Those are the drivers that cause the accidents!

  • LinuxGuy

    The proper way to set speed limits is to the 85th percentile free-flowing traffic speed, which PennDot refuses to do. The 70 zones are a help, but not quite right. Almost ALL roads are underposted. It would be nice to see more balanced coverage, where reporters look into issues, rather than just do stories with no research. You can check out the National Motorists Association for good driving info.

    Low speed limits cause crashes, please look into stuff before commenting.

    As far as speed cameras, those are being banned or removed. Baltimore also had so many errors, they were taken out there, at least for awhile.

  • Keith Hinkel

    Speeds should be no more than 60–saves fuel and lowers taxes. Besides higher speeds are more dangerous and the antique method of catching speeders must be changed. Install cameras and computers as other states/countries do. Then raise the fines–speeding will drastically drop.

  • Me

    With how many accidents on the road already, it’s just totally unacceptable. There’s no reason for it whatsoever.
    Why, because Pa drivers are so ignorant of the speed limit already, I guess the state have up trying to catch speeders and just have them their way. Politics in Pa is a dreadful thing and this is only going to cost some poor family their loved one because Pa doesn’t want to enforce the speed limit !
    Totally unacceptable

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