Parts of Pennsylvania's I-80, I-380 to see 70 mph

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July 24, 2014

HIGHSPIRE, Pa. (AP) — Speed limits on more than 100 miles of two interstates maintained by Pennsylvania's highway department will rise to 70 mph for the first time.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said Wednesday that the sections include 88 miles on Interstate 80 in northern Pennsylvania's Clearfield and Clinton counties and 21 miles of Interstate 380 in northeastern Pennsylvania's Lackawanna and Monroe counties.

The change is to take effect the week of Aug. 11.

The announcement comes a day after the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission raised that roadway's speed limit from 65 mph to 70 mph on a 97-mile stretch in central and eastern Pennsylvania.


Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch says other highways could see increased speed limits next spring or summer. About 35 other states already allow speeds of 70 mph or more.