Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014
New Speed Limit Signs Almost Finished
WSIL -- The speed limit in Illinois jumped from 65 to 70 miles per hour on January 1st. However, getting those new speed limit signs out on the interstates hasn't been an easy task. The process has been delayed by winter weather.
The new law impacts most of the state, except for heavily populated areas. That includes spots in Madison County and St. Clair County in the Metro East. There's also a small stretch at the intersections of Interstates 64 and 57 near Mt. Vernon where the speed limit will stay the same.
"We had a total of 70 signs that needed to be changed," said IDOT Operations Engineer Keith Miley.
The start of the new year meant the launch of a new speed limit for the Illinois. District 9, covering the 16 southernmost counties, got right on the job.
"We maintain portions of three different interstate systems," said Miley. "Interstate 24, 57, and 64."
Four teams hit the roads for just a couple days. Those crews were then needed to help remove snow and ice.
"We have already used as much salt as we typically use in a year," said Miley.
With such a big winter storm hitting the area, Miley thought that his region might not finish replacing the signs by the January 17th deadline.
However, his staff has picked up speed. All of the signs on Interstate 64 are set. All but a few on Interstates 57 and 24 are waiting for work.
"I don't think think we'll have any problems here meeting the department's deadline," said Miley.
Drivers will still need to follow the old speed limit until the new sign is in place.
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