By Jeff Fitzgerald, Senior Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
The State of Ohio is one step closer to upping the speed limit on rural interstate highways around the state.
The Ohio Senate voted 27 to 6 Wednesday to up the speed limit to 70 miles per hour on non-urban interstate highways.
The vote came after differences between the Senate and House on the overall Transportation Bill were ironed out.
Taking a look at this map provided by the Ohio Department of Transportation, I-75 is the blue line on the map. The darker shaded gray area's you see near Findlay, Lima and Wapakoneta will remain at 65 miles per hour.
Looking at a larger map of the state you can clearly see the interstate highways around the larger cities will remain 65 and even drop to 55 in the most congested area's.
The Lima Allen County Regional Planning Commission's Evelyn Smith says there are already so many challenges on the roadways, a higher speed limit adds to that list.
District One ODOT spokesperson Rhonda Pees says ODOT will have until July first to change signage around the state. That of course contingent on the Ohio house passing the 70 mile per hour limit tThursday.