On January 1, 2014, a new law goes into effect that will increase the speed limit from 65 to 70 miles per hour on several Illinois interstates.
The map of the interstates where the speed limit will increase was revealed Monday.
Once the new law goes into effect, approximately 87 percent of Interstate highways and 98 percent of rural Interstates under IDOT’s jurisdiction will be increased to 70 mph. Approximately 28 percent of the Tollway’s 286-mile system will be increased to 70 mph.
The new speed limit signs have been distributed throughout the state and will be installed between January 2 and January 17, 2014, weather permitting.
For the Illinois Tollway, new 70 mph signs will be installed between January 7 and January 14, 2014, weather permitting, on a 64-mile segment of the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) and on a 15-mile portion of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) at a cost of about $18,000.
The new law includes an additional safety provision, which lowers the limit by five mph at which drivers may be charged by law enforcement with excessive speeding. Currently, the threshold for penalties is 31 mph over the limit. The new law lowers that threshold to 26 mph over the limit, in an effort to increase safety on Illinois roads.