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Shoshoni to Casper, Lander to Rawlins under study for higher speed limit

The speed limit is now 70 mph on much of US 85 from just north of Cheyenne to Newcastle. The highway is the first to get the higher speed limit approved for two-lane rural highways by the Legislature last year. WYO 130 from I-80 south to Saratoga, and WYO 120 from about 18 miles north of Cody to the Montana border are scheduled to get the higher limit in coming weeks. The decision to increase the speed limit on the three sections was made after completion of the comprehensive engineering study and traffic investigation required by state law. That study found the 70 mph limit to be safe and reasonable on those sections. WYDOT continues to study another 1,314 miles of highway for their potential to safely handle 70 mph speeds, including *US 20-26 between Casper and Shoshoni*, *US 287 between Lander and Rawlins,* WYO 220 between Casper and Muddy Gap, US 191 from Rock Springs to Pinedale and US 14-16-20 east of Cody. Among the factors being evaluated are the terrain the highways pass through, their crash histories, current travel speeds, traffic volumes and the percentage of heavy trucks, alignment and sight distances, the number and locations of intersections and the amount of agricultural and recreational use the routes experience. *Feature Photo: A 70 MPH sign. (WYDOT / Pitchengine Communities) * *#county10 #news *