Ready to go faster?

Motorists traveling next Fourth of July weekend will notice an increase speed on Ohio’s interstates. Beginning on July 1, the speed limit will increase from 65 mph to 70 mph.

Ohio Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 35 on April 1. The increase speed limit will affect more rural areas and will expired on June 30, 2015. It was voted and passed on a four to one vote. The speed limit change was first proposed in 2011-12 under House Bill 395, but was never voted on by a full Ohio House.

Ohio is the 34th state to change interstate, most other states speed limits are 70 mph and up. The speed limit change will affect 570 of out 1,332 miles of Ohio interstate highway.

New speed limit signs, 317 signs to be exact and costing $8,200, will be hung on July 1 as well.

The change will decrease some congestion that can be found on Ohio’s rural interstates. Though the change is incredibly close to the Fourth of July, the highway patrol are not concerned about the change.

“(We will) obviously deal with the speed as it is written,” said Ohio Highway Patrol Post Commander Jeff LaRoche. “Some (residents) are concerned.”

Several have called in and asked if there would be an issue.

Ohio’s speed limits have fluctuated since 1908 when the first speed limit was 20 mph outside of municipalities and 8 mph inside municipalities. Since 1908, the speed limit has risen multiple times. At one point in 1963, the speed limit was 70 mph for cars and 55 mph for trucks and commercial tractors on interstates, which dropped to 55 mph in 1974. In 1987, the speed limit was raised again to 65 mph on 900 miles of rural interstates and has continued to stay that way.

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