Nichole Hannahs

Governor Expected to Sign Bill

by Nichole Hannahs on March 22, 2013 at 10:21 am

The Ohio House passes a bill that sets in motion a plan to increase Ohio’s speed limit.

The bill is expected to be signed by the governor and will increase the speed limit on rural interstate highways to 70mph. This is something legislators have worked on for some time.

"Most of the other states surrounding us are already 70 miles an hour, other than Pennsylvania," said Senator Troy Balderson of Ohio’s 20th District. "I think people want to go 70 miles per hour I think they feel our roads and our infrastructure are safe enough to go 70mph."

The bill also allows for a $1.9 billion Ohio turnpike bond sale. Senator Balderson said this will help improve the state’s infrastructure.

"The funds are lower than they were in the past and ODOT needs money to do this and the State of Ohio needs to do this. The roads need lots of attention so we’ll work on that and bridges. There’s a lot to do."

The bill guarantees 90 percent of turnpike bond proceeds will go to northern Ohio projects. It also said that the maximum speed limit for interstate freeway outer belts in urban areas at 55mph and on freeways in congested areas at 55mph.