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Idaho Highways and Interstates Could See A Speed Limit Change Soon

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By KMVT News

Shoshone, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) You soon could be driving a bit faster on Idaho roads.

Governor Otter signed a bill that lawmakers passed to increase the legal speed limit on highways and interstates.

Get ready to go a little faster on Idaho highways and interstates.

A new law will change the legal speed limits for anyone driving through the gem state.

However, the Idaho Transportation Department did not back the bill.

"There isn't really direction on where we want to go on this as far as the Transportation Department. This wasn't a bill that was driven by ITD this is something that came from the legislatures to push this forward and change the speed limits,” said Nathan Jerke, ITD.

You will see a jump from 75 mph to 80 mph on the interstate and from 65 mph to 70 mph.

Now that the bill is law, the Transportation Department will conduct surveys across the state to determine whether an increase will be safe for you.

"We are trying to decide what the locations will be the speed limit increases. How are we going to factor in weather conditions and concerns,” said Jerke.

Once ITD conducts the surveys' you could see new signs posted as soon as late summer.

"We feel like the safety study that will be conducted by ITD will definitely take care of any danger area. For example in the Boise area 80-mph isn't appropriate and possibly other congested areas in urban spots,” said Senator Jim Patrick.

The law doesn't go into effect until July 1, 2014. ITD tells us they will begin doing surveys' this spring.


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