70 mph speed limit coming to Pa. turnpike, interstates by May

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 25, 2016 4:24 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Matt Slocum

(Harrisburg) -- The head of PennDOT says 70 miles-per-hour speed limits will be coming to the Turnpike and interstate highways in May. 

For now, the state Department of Transportation and the turnpike commission are studying where to increase the speed limits. 

It probably won't happen in more urban areas where the limit is now 55 mph instead of 65 mph.

Generally, areas already posted at 65 miles-per-hour with mostly straight highway and few sharp curves will feature the new, higher speed limit.  

The turnpike commission approved the higher speed limit earlier this month.

Commissioners say a 70 miles-per-hour test on a 100-mile stretch between Morgantown, Berks County, and Blue Mountain, Franklin County, found there wasn't a noticeable increase in the actual average speed of vehicles, and there was a decrease in traffic accidents despite an increase in traffic.

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