Change applies to nine non-Interstate freeway segments totaling 161 miles. Drivers asked to be alert and be ready to Move Over for roadside workers
Beginning this week, county highway crews will install 70 mph speed limit signs on several multi-lane, non-Interstate freeway segments where Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) analysis has determined the higher speed is appropriate. The change applies to nine freeway segments totaling about 161 miles. WisDOT has these important reminders for motorists:
- The higher speed limit takes effect once a freeway is officially posted. Also, speed limits apply to ideal travel conditions. Weather and other factors often require reduced speeds.
- Be alert for all roadside workers, including county maintenance crews, and adhere to the state’s Move Over Law (http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/safety/education/move-over/default.aspx).
State legislation (2015 Wisconsin Act 19) increased the speed limit to 70 mph along Interstate segments previously posted at 65 mph. The law also provides WisDOT the authority to post certain multi-lane freeways at 70 mph where motor vehicle access is limited to ramps and interchanges (no at-grade access). Much of the work is expected to be completed this week, except areas where construction activity is wrapping up and will be completed soon.
For the safety of all travelers, WisDOT discourages people from stopping along freeways to take photos or videos of the new signs or crews installing them. Stopped vehicles can present a traffic hazard and state law prohibits all but emergency vehicles from stopping along the freeway system.
NOTE: The list of freeway segments is below. For questions about specific freeway segments, contact the appropriate WisDOT Region Communication Manager (http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/about-wisdot/newsroom/media/contacts.aspx).
|Freeway segments to be posted at 70 mph|
|WIS 29||East of County VV to I-41||5||Brown|
|WIS 57||I-43 to WIS 54||5||Brown|
|US 12||One mile SE of WIS 67 interchange to one mile NW of County H||18||Walworth|
|US 45||I-41 to County D interchange||13||Washington|
|WIS 16||County P/Brown Street to I-94||14||Waukesha|
|US 53||WIS 29 to 26th Avenue||53||Chippewa/Barron|
|WIS 29||County T/Chippewa Falls to WIS 27/Cadott||22||Chippewa|
|US 14||Beltline to WIS 138 interchange||9||Dane|
|US 151||Sun Prairie (I-39) to Columbus (WIS 73)||22||Dane/Columbia|
|Total: 9 segments||161|
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