Va. Officials Evaluate Roads for Speed Limit Increase

June 8, 2010

Safety studies are under way to determine whether the speed limit on some highways in Virginia could be raised from 65 to 70 miles per hour.

A bill approved earlier this year by the General Assembly allows the new speed limit on certain interstates, multilane divided highways and high-occupancy lanes that are separated from regular travel lanes.

The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to evaluate 741 miles of interstates 64, 66, 77, 81, 95, 295 and 395 during the first round of studies.

A list of areas being studied was posted Monday on VDOT's Website. They include I-64 from Clifton Forge to the West Virginia border, I-81 in Botetourt County between mile markers 151 and 179, and I-95 from Ashland to Kings Dominion.

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