The long awaited wish of most Pennsylvania drivers for the increasing of the maximum speed limit is coming true next week.
Pa. Turnpike Commission announced Friday that the speed limit on a 100-mile stretch of toll road in the south-central part of Pennsylvania will be raised to 70 mph.
Affected roads for the 70 mph zone will be along Turnpike mainline I -76 between the Blue Mountain Interchange at Exit 201 and the Morgantown Interchange at Exit 298 starting Wednesday.
A news conference will be called by Turnpike officials for next week to explain details of the future speed-limit changes across the 550-mile system of the Turnpike.
Mark Compton, Pa. Turnpike CEO reported that their studies substantiated the fact that the system designed in the area can safely accommodate the higher speed limit.
However, State police added that there will be strict enforcement of the 70 mph limit.
Last fall, the transportation funding bill was signed by Gov. Tom Corbett authorizing the increase maximum speed limit to 70 mph on some roadways.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Administration, there are a total of thirty-six states having maximum speed limits of 70 mph or even higher on interstates or other limited-access roads.
Next week, motorists will see along the 100-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike the 70 mph speed limit signs but PennDOT said there will be more similar signaling signs along other state highways as well.
Erin Waters-Trasatt, DOT spokesperson said that the Department does not have any more details for 70 mph at this time but will be making announcement in the near future.
Turnpike officials announced starting Wednesday, speed limits on toll road between Morgantown and Blue Mountain interchanges to include the part of the turnpike that’s in central Pa., are raised from 65 mph to 70 mph.
Senate President Pro Tempore & Republican -Jefferson County, Joe Scarnati pushed for higher speed limits for he believed that some parts of state highways are safer when motorists travelled at faster speeds. This was signed into a law last fall by Gov. Tom Corbett.
Scarnati is confident that higher speeds would result to better traffic flow and provides for greater efficiency in the delivery of goods and services throughout the state.
Turnpike officials and PennDOT have devoted their efforts since the law was enacted in developing guidelines to study which the places and conditions were appropriate for higher speed limits. Those guidelines considered the following factors: (1) traffic volume; (2) concentration of exit and entrance ramps; and (3) whether the roadway was located in a rural or urban area.
Determining what sections of roadway met those guidelines has been studied by engineering and traffic authorities.
Then engineering and traffic studies are used to determine what sections of roadway met those guidelines.
Turnpike officials will call for a news conference next week to mull future changes of speed-limit across the 550-mile system of the Turnpike.
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Sources: Penn Live Com