‘Long stretches’ of 70 mph speed limit coming to Pennsylvania

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Interstate highways in Philadelphia won’t likely see speed limit increases.
Credit: Rikard Larma/Metro

Pennsylvania is poised to increase the speed limit to 70 mph on parts of its interstate highways.

A new law authorizes the commonwealth’s transportation secretary to approve increases from the current 65 mph speed limit to 70 mph, but only after required safety studies.

PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch tells CBS Philly he anticipates fewer than half of the miles in Pennsylvania’s interstate highway system will see speed limit increases.

“We’re not going to go through and let it go up to 70 miles an hour for 10 miles and then back down to 65. It’ll be for long stretches of segments of roadway,” he said.

Schoch also says he does not intend to opt for the higher limit on interstates in urban areas, where the speed limit is currently 55 mph.


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