Wyoming Studying Speed Limit Hike to 70 on Urban Freeways

The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) has finished the first phase of a study to allow raising the speed limit along more than 2,000 plus miles of the state’s highway system from 65 miles per hour to 70 on non-interstate freeways that are considered “urban.”

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WYDOT presented the first phase of its study to the Legislature’s Joint Transportation, Highway and Military Affairs Interim Committee on November 12.

The current speed limit for “rural freeways” in the state is 80 mph. These speeds are allowed on sections of major highways that passing through rural and sparsely populated areas.

Only Texas allows higher trucking speeds in these areas with the legal limit posted at 85. Nevada allows truckers in rural interstates to roll along at 75 while Idaho allows 70 mph. The limit for trucks is 65 in Montana while Washington and Oregon limit truckers to 60 mph and, of course, California is most restrictive with a 55 mph limit.

WYDOT’s study is trying to determine which roadways could be eligible for a new state law that allows speed limits on non-interstate highways to be raised to 70 mph. The report found that more than 2,300 miles of the 6,400-mile system warrant additional study, which will take a few years to complete.

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