Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed the transportation bill into law on Monday.
The two key components of the bill are an increase in the speed limit on rural interstates and a bond sale for the Ohio Turnpike. The bonds would raise an estimated $1.5 billion for road improvements, with 90 percent of that supposed to be spent in northern Ohio. Toll rates would be capped on E-ZPass users’ car trips of 30 miles or less for 10 years.
The speed limit portion locally means that parts of Interstate 680, Interstate 80, and Interstate 76 outside the city limits will see the speed limit increase from 65 mph to 70 mph beginning July 1.
“Everyone always tries to go faster than it. If it’s 65 now, people are going 75, 80. Our concern is that people are going to try and go 80, 85, so that’s our concern as far as the speed limit being 70. But if they just go 70, it won’t be too much of a problem,” said Sgt. Bret Henderson of the Ohio State Highway Patrol in Canfield.
The law also sets limits of 55 mph in congested areas. The change does not affect state routes.