Starting July 1, Ohio drivers will be able to legally go 70 miles per hour on big sections of interstate highways. The speed limit increase is part of a new state transportation budget that Ohio lawmakers gave final approval Thursday. Steve Faulkner speaks for the Ohio Department of Transportation. In an interview with Ohio Public Radio’s Bill Cohen, Faulkner says the higher speed limit would be in effect on the rural stretches of the interstates.
He says the agency doesn’t yet have a cost estimate for new highway signs, alerting motorists to the higher speed limit. Faulker says that’s because, in some cases, perhaps totally new signs won’t be needed, and workers can simply attach the new numbers to the old signs.