July 2, 2010
A 27-mile stretch of Interstate 295 is the first roadway in Virginia where motorists can drive legally drive 70 miles per hour.
Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling says Virginia has finally joined 33 other states in raising the speed limit above 65 miles per hour.
The 70 mph limit went into effect Thursday on a section of I-295 that runs east of Richmond to I-295's southern intersection with I-95 near Petersburg.
A law passed earlier this year by the General Assembly gives the Virginia Department of Transportation the authority to raise the speed limit on interstates and other limited-access highways.
VDOT has identified 741 miles of highway eligible for study for higher speeds.