PennDOT looks at impact of 70 mph speed limit

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Jul 27, 2015 10:45 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The 70 miles-per-hour speed limit has been a reality on three stretches of highway in Pennsylvania for the last year.

Now, PennDOT is studying the impact of the higher speed limit on the commonwealth's interstate highways on the three pilot zones. They are located on portions of Interstate 80, Interstate 380 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Department spokesman Rich Kirkpatrick tells WITF's Smart Talk drivers aren't going overboard in those areas.

"We're looking to see, with the 70 mph limit, what impact has that had on the average speed that people are doing within those areas," he says. "What we've seen is that there hasn't been a dramatic increase. It's not a case of where people are, now for the most part, driving 80 and 90."

Kirkpatrick says the next step will take place when PennDOT has collected enough data to consider allowing the 70 mph limit on other stretches of highways in Pennsylvania.

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