(Cheyenne, Wyo.) - The increased speed limit of 70 mph
is now in effect on much of US 85,
east of its interchange with I-25 (Exit 17) north of Cheyenne to Newcastle.
The increase does not apply to sections of the highway adjacent to
communities, where existing limits will remain in effect.
This 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, when weather allows WYDOT to change those signs.
The three highway sections were among 1,546 miles of highway WYDOT
identified as having the best potential for safely handling 70 mph speeds.
The decision on the speed limit of the three sections was made after a
completion comprehensive engineering study and traffic investigation,
required by state law, which found the 70 mph limit to be safe and
reasonable on those sections.
WYDOT annually monitors speeds, crashes and traffic flows on the highways,
and re-evaluate the higher limit.
Feature photo: Famartin/Pitchengine Communities