Dec. 18, 2013
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is raising the speed limit on a portion of Interstate 64 in Albemarle County.
The new speed zone will run from just east of the Greenwood Station Road overpass (Route 690) at milepost 106.1 to just west of the Route 29 interchange at milepost 117.7.
The speed limit will increase from 65 to 70 miles per hour on Thursday, Dec. 19.
The speed limit change was made following a VDOT engineering study on the section of I-64 between milepost 105 near Crozet and milepost 117 just west of Charlottesville. The study includes a traffic engineering evaluation that assesses whether vehicles can safely travel the highway at the higher speed and an analysis of crash data from previous years and information from law enforcement agencies. The study found that the speed limit increase to 70 miles per hour is suitable for that section of the highway.
According to the Code of Virginia, the speed limit increase will become effective when signs displaying the new speed limit are installed. All the signs are scheduled to be installed on Thursday, weather permitting.
VDOT and the Virginia State Police caution that, regardless of the posted speed limit, drivers should travel at a speed suitable for the road conditions at the time, including traffic volume and weather.