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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

State changing some freeways to 70 mph. this week

MADISON - Beginning this week, county highway crews will install 70 mph speed limit signs on several multi-lane, non-Interstate freeway segments where Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) analysis has determined the higher speed is appropriate. The change applies to nine freeway segments totaling about 161 miles. WisDOT has these important reminders for motorists:

The higher speed limit takes effect once a freeway is officially posted. Also, speed limits apply to ideal travel conditions. Weather and other factors often require reduced speeds.

Be alert for all roadside workers, including county maintenance crews, and adhere to the state's Move Over Law (http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/safety/education/move-over/default.aspx).

State legislation (2015 Wisconsin Act 19) increased the speed limit to 70 mph along Interstate segments previously posted at 65 mph. The law also provides WisDOT the authority to post certain multi-lane freeways at 70 mph where motor vehicle access is limited to ramps and interchanges (no at-grade access). Much of the work is expected to be completed this week, except areas where construction activity is wrapping up and will be completed soon.

For the safety of all travelers, WisDOT discourages people from stopping along freeways to take photos or videos of the new signs or crews installing them. Stopped vehicles can present a traffic hazard and state law prohibits all but emergency vehicles from stopping along the freeway system.

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