The Ohio Department of Transportation unveiled a map Tuesday identifying interstate highways where motorists will be legally permitted to drive 70 miles per hour beginning this summer.
After passage of House Bill 51, the new legislation increases speeds in certain sections of interstate highways in Ohio from 65 to 70 mph. Highway sections targeted are outside urban areas.
According to a news release, ODOT is making 317 new signs, costing about $8,200, to alert motorists to the speed fluctuations going in and out of the increased speed areas. All signs will be set by July 1.
The speed increase will affect 570 miles of interstate highways and include the following areas:
- From just outside Akron going east to just west of Youngstown
• From the Indiana border in the west to just outside of Wheeling, WV in the east, excluding Dayton, Columbus and Zanesville
• From the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge in southwest Ohio to just south of the border of the Cuyahoga/Medina County line in the north, excluding Columbus
- From just outside of Toledo going south until just north of Dayton, excluding Findlay and Lima
- From just outside of Canton south to the West Virginia border
- From just outside of Cleveland to the Pennsylvania border
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 34 other states have some posted speed limits of 70 mph or higher including Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky and West Virginia. The Ohio Turnpike already has a posted speed limit of 70 mph.