The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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July 2, 2013

70 mph limit takes effect on rural Ohio highways

COLUMBUS — Drivers can legally zip along some rural interstate highways more quickly as a new 70 mph speed limit takes effect around Ohio.

The change beginning Monday raises the speed limit in some areas from 65 mph to 70 mph. Ohio becomes the 34th state to make the change.

The Ohio Department of Transportation said the speed limit is increasing on more than 570 miles of rural interstate highways, applying to parts of Interstates 70, 71, 75, 76, 77 and 90. It doesn’t cover sections of those roads in major metropolitan areas and a few smaller cities along the way.

New or updated signs will alert drivers about the higher speed limits.

A 70 mph limit already is in effect for the Ohio Turnpike stretching across the northern part of the state.

The state is also raising speeds on more rural roadways. An amendment to the state budget bill signed Sunday by Gov. John Kasich includes an increase to 70 mph on rural freeways.

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