November 17, 2017 06:12 AM
Speed limits are on the rise across Minnesota.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation raised the speed limit along much of Highway 169 in the Twin Cities metro area from 55 miles per hour to 60 in just the past week.
"I had no idea," laughed Jessica Benson, who drives Highway 169 frequently.
But Highway 169 is not the only place where speeds are increasing. In the metro area, state highways 7, 13, 47 and 101 have seen speed limit changes over the past several years as well.
Would you like to see speed limits increase on more Minnesota roads and highways? Let MnDOT commissioner Charlie Zelle know your thoughts below.
It stems from a request made by state lawmakers in 2014. They told MnDOT to look at every two-lane highway in the state to see if speed limits could be reasonably and safely increased.
MnDOT has been studying the issue ever since, even on some non-two-lane highways in the metro.
Over time drivers are seeing the results.
"Our goal is to make sure that the roads are safe and traffic flows as smoothly as possible," MnDOT spokesperson Dave Aeikens said.
MnDOT looks into a lot of factors in making their decisions, including where the road is located, its length, existing traffic conditions and crash history.
Aeikens said MnDOT's study also shows most drivers do drive the speed limit - not five or 10 miles per hour over.
He added the study will continue into 2019.
Updated: November 17, 2017 06:12 AM
Created: November 16, 2017 03:22 PM
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