Carl Weiser reports:
Ohioans could legally drive 70 miles per hour on the state’s freeways – up from a maximum of 65 mph now – under a Senate plan.
The speed limit hike, which has been debated at the Statehouse for years, would apply highways outside of congested urban areas, Gongwer News Service reports.
Senators included the change in a substitute version of the turnpike bonding plan (HB 51) that was also combined with the separate transportation budget (HB 35).
The Dispatch reports that West Virginia, Indiana, Michigan and Kentucky are among the 35 states nationally that, as of last year, h ad posted speed limits at or above 70 mph on some segments of their road systems. The Ohio Turnpike, which is run independently, raised its speed limit to 70 mph in 2011.
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