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Walker signs 70 mph speed limit bill

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(WAOW) - Traffic will soon be moving faster on some Wisconsin highways.

On Wednesday, Governor Scott Walker signed a bill to raise the speed limit on certain sections of interstates.

The interstate speed limit is going up to 70 miles per hour for certain areas.

"The department prides itself in making sure the roadways are safe," said Kristin McHugh, Department of Transportation spokeswoman.

The speed increase impacts 14 sections of interstates where the roadway access is limited to interchanges.

DOT officials say careful consideration went into deciding which parts of interstate will be impacted by this change.

"There may be some segments that are not going to 70 miles an hour based on the engineering, the understanding, traffic volume, all kinds of reasons that goes into what we believe would be safe to do so," said McHugh.

Drivers say they're ready for the change.

"That's fine with me as long as everyone uses caution," said Carrie Nelson of Merrill.

"I was out in Iowa and Minnesota," said Rick Kist of Rib Mountain. "They both have 70 mph, so it'll be nice to keep it consistant."

DOT officials say the new law goes into effect once the new signs are posted.

They say crews will put up about 470 signs along 726 miles of interstate in June.

"We're going to continue to monitor the safety of the highways as we've always done and it's just important that people follow that speed limit," said McHugh.

McHugh says the department identified these 14 sections for now.

She says the department is still looking at other areas that could safely handle the speed increase.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that allows state transportation officials to raise the speed limit to 70 mph on more than 700 miles of Wisconsin roads. Walker signed the measure Wednesday. It passed the Senate and Assembly on voice votes earlier this year.

Under the law, the Department of Transportation can raise the speed limit to 70 mph only on four-lane roads that have entrance and exit ramps. They can't raise the limit on roads with at-grade access. 

DOT officials say they plan to raise the limit on freeway portions of the interstate system as well as portions of U.S. Highway 51, U.S. Highway 53 and U.S. Highway 41. The measure's chief sponsor, Rep. Paul Tittl, has said the agency expects to have new signage posted this summer.


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To

Miles

I-94

Illinois State Line

Milwaukee County Line

25

I-94

I-39/90 in Dane County

WIS 164 in Waukesha County

57

I-39/90

Illinois State line

US 12 in Dane County

41

I-39/90/94

US 151 in Dane County

I-39 split in Columbia County

22

I-39

I-90/94 split in Columbia County

WIS 54 in Portage County

65

I-39

WIS 66 in Portage County

Bus 51 in Marathon County

26

I-90/94

I-39/90/94 in Columbia County

I-90 in Monroe County

63

I-90

I-94 in Monroe County

US 53 in La Crosse County

37

I-94

I-90 in Monroe County

US 53 in Eau Claire County

77

 
I-94

WIS 312 in Eau Claire County

WIS 35 in St. Croix County

55

I-43

County T in Ozaukee County

WIS 29 in Brown County

91

I-43

I-39 in Rock County

WIS 164 in Waukesha County

54

I-41

South Washington County Line

WIS 441 in Winnebago County

93

I-41

WIS 441 in Outagamie County

WIS 172 in Brown County

20


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