Speed Limit Increase For Idaho Delayed For Review


By Paul Johnson

Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - The planned increase for interstate speed limits on rural sections of I-84, I-86 and I-15 will be delayed as the Idaho Transportation Department reviews input expressed since the announcement early this week. The plan called for a change to 80 MPH.
The department has completed the review of speed studies, crash analysis and engineering review, and will present this to the Idaho Transportation Board in Coeur d’Alene July 11.

The increased speed limit, approved by the Idaho Legislature during the 2014 session increases the maximum speed limits on interstate highways to 80 mph for vehicles and 70 mph for trucks as deemed appropriate by ITD. The department continues to study I-90 for potential increases.

The law was signed by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter March 18.

“This will allow a thoughtful and inclusive review, ensuring safety,” explained ITD Chief Operations Officer Jim Carpenter.

AAA Idaho issued a statement after the Transportation Department issued their news release. It said, “AAA Idaho applauds the actions of the Idaho Transportation Department to extend a review process before implementing 80-mph speed limits on the rural interstates in southern Idaho. In the interest of public safety, proceeding with caution is the right course of action.

AAA Idaho recognizes the legislature’s authority to enact laws it deems to be in the best interest of Idahoans. Delaying the process to encourage an orderly, well-reasoned transition to the higher 80-mph speed limits is in the best interest of the state and its citizens. In addition, this action may lessen the risks associated with raising the speed limits on hundreds of miles of interstate highways days before the busy July 4 holiday.”

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