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May 02, 2016

PennDOT announces 70-mph speed limit on parts of Turnpike

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Nearly 1,000 miles of roadway in Pennsylvania will allow vehicles to reach speeds of 70 miles per hour, PennDOT announced Monday.

Road crews will install 70-mph speed limit signs on 396 miles of the Turnpike and 400 miles of other state highways, beginning on Tuesday.

Added to the 201 miles of roadway that already allow 70-mph speeds, motorists can legally travel up to 70 mph on 997 total miles of roadway.

“Before moving ahead, we looked very closely at a number of factors, such as speed and traffic data and the physical characteristics of the highways, in deciding where 70-mph limits could be safely permitted,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards.

Areas that will not see a speed limit increase had crash histories and heavy traffic.

“After we convert the remaining segments of our system, we will have 493 miles posted at 70 mph,” said PA Turnpike CEO Mark Compton. “As a result, Turnpike motorists will see a 70-mph speed limit on almost 90 percent of our 552-mile system.”

The stretch of Turnpike in Bucks County will remain at 55 mph due to its design.

Here's a complete list of roadways affected by the changes:

• I-79 from I-90 in Erie County south to a point just north of the PA 228 interchange in Butler County
• I-79 from I-70 in Washington County south to the West Virginia border
• I-80 from the Ohio State border east to a point near mile marker 190 in Clinton County
• I-80 from a point near mile marker 195 in Union County to a point near mile marker 247 in Columbia County
• US 15 from the interchange with PA 14 in Lycoming County north to the New York State border
• I-99 from Exit No. 68 in Centre County south to a point near mile marker 34 in Blair County
• I-99 from Exit No. 28 in Blair County south to mile marker 0 (PA Turnpike) in Bedford County
• I-380 from I-84 in Lackawanna County south to Exit No. 3 in Monroe County