IDOT and Illinois Tollway announce 70 mph locations for new law on
increases speed limit to 70 mph on interstates
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[January 02, 2014]
CHICAGO — The Illinois
Department of Transportation and Illinois Tollway have announced the
locations where interstate speed limits are increased from 65 to 70
mph with a new law effective Jan. 1.
Senate Bill 2356 was signed into law in August, increasing the
maximum speed limit on Illinois interstates from 65 to 70 mph where
deemed reasonable and safe. Drivers must to continue to watch for
signs and obey the posted speed limits.
"IDOT crews will begin to remove the old 65 mph signs and install
the new 70 mph signs in the designated areas early January to comply
with the new law, but it's very important that motorists obey the
posted speed limits," said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L.
Schneider. "We encourage motorists to respect and obey all Illinois
traffic laws, buckle their seat belts, and avoid distractions to
help ensure everyone makes it to their destinations safely."
remind our customers to always obey the posted speed limit while
driving on the tollway and all Illinois roads," said Illinois
Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur. "The new 70 mph speed
limit goes into effect on segments of our system that can
accommodate the higher speed while still maintaining the safety of
our customers, which is always our primary concern."
With the new law in effect, speed limits on approximately 87
percent of interstate highways and 98 percent of rural interstates
under IDOT's jurisdiction are increased to 70 mph. Approximately 28
percent of the Illinois Tollway's 286-mile system will be increased
to 70 mph.
IDOT and the Illinois Tollway will continue to review any roadway
speed limit as needed, including monitoring changes in traffic
behaviors and completion of construction projects.
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IDOT fabricated approximately 900 new 70 mph signs
intermittently over a period of approximately one month. The
signs were made with recycled materials at IDOT's Central Sign
Shop in Springfield. The signs have been distributed throughout
the state and will be installed between Jan. 2 and Jan. 17,
weather permitting. The total fabrication and installation cost
for the 70 mph speed limit signs is estimated at $200,000.
For the Illinois Tollway, new 70 mph signs will be installed
between Jan. 7 and Jan. 14, weather permitting, on a 64-mile segment
of the Reagan Memorial Tollway, also known as Interstate 88, and on
a 15-mile portion of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, also known as
Interstate 90, at a cost of about $18,000.
The new law includes an additional safety provision, which lowers
by 5 mph the limit at which drivers may be charged by law
enforcement with excessive speeding. Currently, the threshold for
penalties is 31 mph over the limit. The new law lowers that
threshold to 26 mph over the limit, in an effort to increase safety
on Illinois roads.
Map (PDF) of 70
mph speed limit locations on Illinois interstates
Illinois Department of
Transportation file received from the
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]