Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Interstate speed limits in rural Wyoming and Idaho to be raised to 80 mph on July 1

Drivers in rural Idaho and Wyoming will soon be able to get where they're going much faster. Just in time for Fourth of July weekend, the two states are raising speed limits on some rural highways and interstates to 80 mph beginning July 1.

The change will impact more than half of Wyoming's interstates, covering nearly 500 miles, Brian Scott reports for K2 Radio. New speed limits will cover 268 miles of Interstate 25, 116 miles of I-80 and 104 miles of I-90. (Read more) (Wyoming Department of Transportation map)

On most rural stretches in Idaho, including "the majority of interstates 15, 84 and 86, the speed limit will increase to 80 mph for vehicle traffic and 70 mph for trucks," Cynthia Sewell reports for the Idaho Statesman. In urban areas, speed limits will remain 65. This is the first time state interstate speed limits have been raised since 1996, when they went from 65 to 75. (Read more)

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